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Rupert seems to have something stuck in his nose

Orenoko

Mama Doe
Poor old Rupert has been in the wars again. A couple of weeks ago just as I was going to bed I found him sneezing and coughing like crazy in his litter tray, with saliva coming out of his mouth. We ended up at the emergency vet, by the time we got there he was absolutely fine, the vet couldn't find anything obviously wrong so surmised he'd jabbed himself with some hay. Given he's blind I can see how he could've done something like that.

Fast forward to a few days ago and he's sneezing a lot, occasionally coughing too. My other half said that he found him last night with more saliva around his mouth. His breathing is fine but he's definitely got worse over the weekend so we'll be back to the vet this afternoon. I'm guessing he may have to be booked into anaesthesia so that the vet can have a proper look in his nose and throat 🙁 so not expecting a resolution today necessarily. Luckily he is still okay in himself and eating and drinking. He's already on metacam for his arthritis so I wonder if that may be keeping some of his symptoms under control. My poor boy is always in the wars!
 
Oh Rupert :( Sounds as if your assumption is right and he has got something stuck in his nose or throat. Really hoping that the vet can quickly and easily find out what it is and remove it.
 
Sorry to hear this how worrying, could it be a grass seed? although one of my bunnies years ago got a piece of wicker from a basket she'd been chewing stuck up het nose :rolleyes:
 
Sorry to hear this how worrying, could it be a grass seed? although one of my bunnies years ago got a piece of wicker from a basket she'd been chewing stuck up het nose :rolleyes:
It first happened while he was eating hay so I assume it is a small stalk or seed. With any luck all of his sneezing has moved it along to somewhere accessible without anaesthesia but that may be wishful thinking on my part!

Edit - thought this had posted earlier but was sitting in drafts!
 
Just back from the vet, nothing obvious in terms of inflammation etc to indicate he has a foreign body in his nose, but the vet said he sounded a little congested. He's been given bosolvon powder and baytril and is to go back in a week. If no improvement then it'll be time for GA for closer inspection!
 
It would have been nice for the vet to have been able to find the definite cause ie by producing a piece of hay. But not possible if it's not there and so I hope the meds help.
 
I hope the medication will help him and that it won't turn out that there's something stuck in his nose after all. Sending Rupert a lot of vibes.
 
Fingers crossed... he's accruing quite the pharmacy of drugs at the moment! He's back at the vet next Monday so will update after that visit, or if anything happens in the meantime.
 
Nebulising might help if he is very congested. The Bisolvon thins out mucous and used in conjunction with nebulising can shift the congestion.

If he has a lot more ‘coughing’ episodes personally I would get him back to the Vet straight away.

Sending lots of vibes for him x
 
Well unfortunately Rupert took a turn this morning, I gave him a joint support tablet first thing, and he started straining at his neck after trying to eat it. He somehow managed to cough up the half-chewed tablet but there was lots of mucus and saliva, coughing etc and his breathing was very laboured. That was about an hour ago and he's now been admitted for chest and head x-rays. The vet said he has tiny spurs but nothing excessive, and also some muscle wastage on his jaw. She said that could be due to old age/not chewing his food properly.

Very distressing to watch him like that so I really hope they find something on the x-ray so we can make a plan.
 
Well unfortunately Rupert took a turn this morning, I gave him a joint support tablet first thing, and he started straining at his neck after trying to eat it. He somehow managed to cough up the half-chewed tablet but there was lots of mucus and saliva, coughing etc and his breathing was very laboured. That was about an hour ago and he's now been admitted for chest and head x-rays. The vet said he has tiny spurs but nothing excessive, and also some muscle wastage on his jaw. She said that could be due to old age/not chewing his food properly.

Very distressing to watch him like that so I really hope they find something on the x-ray so we can make a plan.
I'm so sorry to read your update. I can imagine how distressing it was for you. I hope you get some definitive answers from his x-rays asap. Sending Rupert loads of vibes.
 
I just saw this and am sending tons of positive vibes for Rupert. I hope vet can address the issue so Rupert can have a full recovery.
 
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