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    Default What happens to rabbits with chronic snuffles?

    Hi all,

    First-time poster and first-time forum user so bear with me!

    My free-roam house buns have suffered from bouts of snuffles since I got them in April 2021. We have tried Baytril, Tiacil, Marbocyl and Azithromycin - none of which have managed to eliminate the infection. My vet tells me there are no other treatments left to try.

    Instead, I'm managing their condition by using an open litter box with paper bedding, avoiding scented products, using an air purifier and humidifier, supplementing their diet with vitamin C and providing enrichment (stacking cups etc).

    When reading about snuffles, many websites say that 'lifelong treatment' could be required. But what does this entail? How will it be treated lifelong? What happens when the last line of treatment fails?

    If anyone here has a rabbit with a chronic infection, could you share your experiences with me? I really have no idea what will happen to them and being unable to help is breaking my heart.

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    My bunny is about 1 year old and had his first lung infection last week. Honestly I'm worried about it being chronic. I said I hope you can get help with this on the forum. I will follow this topic.

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    Did the Vet do any diagnostics including deep nasal swabs taken whilst Rabbit is sedated and skull radiographs ?

    How long was each course of antibiotic treatment ? IME several weeks is needed

    Did the Vet also prescribe daily nebulising treatment and a mucolytic ? IME both are very beneficial.

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Respira...terial/URI.htm


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    Sadly they did not investigate this thoroughly. They only took a swab (unsedated) and it came back positive for multi-drug resistant Bordatella and suspected Pasturella. We had them on Marbocyl for 6 weeks and then azithromycin for 3 weeks (twice).

    Thank you for the suggestion of mucolytic, I'd never heard of that before and it would be useful. Ideally, I'd like to go ahead with nebulization and more diagnostics but none of this treatment is covered by insurance (they developed symptoms before their coverage started).

    I've heard people doing nebulization at home, which sounds like it would be cheaper? However, every time I take them to the vet their noses clear up so the vet won't prescribe anything!!

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    Sadly they did not investigate this thoroughly. They only took a swab (unsedated) and it came back positive for multi-drug resistant Bordatella and suspected Pasturella. We had them on Marbocyl for 6 weeks and then azithromycin for 3 weeks (twice).

    Thank you for the suggestion of mucolytic, I'd never heard of that before and it would be useful. Ideally, I'd like to go ahead with nebulization and more diagnostics but none of this treatment is covered by insurance (they developed symptoms before their coverage started).

    I've heard people doing nebulization at home, which sounds like it would be cheaper? However, every time I take them to the vet their noses clear up so the vet won't prescribe anything!!

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    Sending love to your little one <3 I hope it doesn't develop into anything long-term. I'm going to look out for some disabled bunny communities for support. If I find anything I'll keep you updated

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    You can buy nebulisers online (eg Amazon). I use an enclosed cat carrier with a mesh door. Make bunny comfortable in the carrier. Set up the nebuliser outside it, with the nozzle pointing into the carrier (eg hooked through the door). Throw a towel over the carrier. Switch on the pump. 5 to 10 mins? at a time and once or twice a day, as far as I remember.

    Saline is readily available to use with nebulisers and works quite well.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0081EL4...v_ov_lig_dp_it
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isotonic-Ch...7PBCHVF2&psc=1

    Mucolytics are cheap, but you need your vet to prescribe them. eg Bisolvon oral powder - add a very small pinch to food. One sachet lasts for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    You can buy nebulisers online (eg Amazon). I use an enclosed cat carrier with a mesh door. Make bunny comfortable in the carrier. Set up the nebuliser outside it, with the nozzle pointing into the carrier (eg hooked through the door). Throw a towel over the carrier. Switch on the pump. 5 to 10 mins? at a time and once or twice a day, as far as I remember.

    Saline is readily available to use with nebulisers and works quite well.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0081EL4...v_ov_lig_dp_it
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isotonic-Ch...7PBCHVF2&psc=1

    Mucolytics are cheap, but you need your vet to prescribe them. eg Bisolvon oral powder - add a very small pinch to food. One sachet lasts for ages.
    Ditto to this, if Bunny is calm and co-operative they are likely to cope with nebulising via a mask



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    Thank you everyone. I followed your advice and bought a nebuliser and saline solution. They're not too congested right now but I figured it would be worth having if their symptoms got worse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudgeandb View Post
    Thank you everyone. I followed your advice and bought a nebuliser and saline solution. They're not too congested right now but I figured it would be worth having if their symptoms got worse!
    Glad to hear they are doing OK at the moment


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