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    We've had Tigger back to the vets yesterday after a new bout of snuffling - he had a course of antibiotics a few weeks ago.

    They've put him on a different course of antibiotics (Sulfatrim) and some metacam also. We started him last night and he's had his 2 doses today but tonight he seems even more snuffly and is sneezing quite a bit. We're now beside ourselves wondering what to do with him. We took him to a new (highly recommended rabbit savvy) vet, but they don't offer much by way of out of hours support unlike our regular vet which has a 24hr hospital.

    Are we just being impatient and need to let the meds kick in or are we right to be worried?
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    Is breathing raspy or are lungs crackley? Is sneezing so frequent it is keeping bunny from eating,drinking? Is there discharge and how does it look?
    These are things I would consider before taking to ooh unless ooh has rabbit saavy vet.
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    Thanks.

    We don't think so @ raspy or crackly. His sneezes are between raspy and dry. Yes there's a bit white discharge but that was there when he saw the vet yesterday. We've tried helping him clean it away with a cotton pad.

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    It is far too soon for the new abx to have had any effect, it usually takes at least 48 hours for them to even start to kick in. As he sounds to be quite congested then I would ask the Vet about nebulising him. Also, giving a mucolytic such as Bisolvon would help to thin out the mucus and make it easier for it to drain.

    Is your Rabbit eating and pooing OK ? This is important to ward off secondary gut stasis.


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    Is there anything in his environment which could be irritating his respiratory system? ie smoke, wood shavings, dusty food or hay. Is he indoors?

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    Thanks.

    He's still bunged up and sneezing, but more concerning his appetite has gone right back. He's not interested in his usual herbs, kale and pellets. Luckily he is picking at his hay and has eaten some grass in the garden. He's pooing but his output is down and not as big.

    We rang the vet last night and they said it was too soon for the meds to have kicked in, and it's his lack of appetite was probably due to his nose being blocked. We have managed to get a few bits of sage and basil into him too...smellier things... which he's normally not keen on.

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    We've taken him off shavings...they only really use their cages for poos and wees anyway as they're free to roam indoors but we thought we'd do it anyway. Have them on some wood based litter but we don't think they like it...sorta wonder if it's interrupted his pooing. He's a clean bunny who normally likes to save them up (despite our best efforts) before having a good sit.

    Trying to source some of the paper type stuff but it seems very expensive?


    Hay and readigrass we’ve been sieving. He loves his readigrass so we were advised not to remove it, but he's barely touched it last few days.

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    Did you ask the Vet about nebulising him and giving him a mucolytic ?


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    No. My wife rang before I saw the reply... trouble with ringing vets as well is you're having a 3 way conversation with the receptionist. We did try bringing him into the steamy bathroom and have tried mixing a bit vicks in a bowl of hot water to give off a little vapour.

    We've been trying to clean away the snot with a warm damp makeup cleaning pad too.

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    I would. not use Vick as the smell will be 100 times stronger for a Rabbit than it is for us and it could actually irritate the nasal passages. Just steam would be fine though.


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