female rabbitt 3yrs old neck seems to be stuck to one and she is shaking
Optional Information: Age: 4; Female; Breed: rabbit
Is the head tilting to one side?
Is she eating and drinking?
Passing pellets and urine?
Any nasal dicharge or cough?
Any discharge from the eyes?
She is walking about ok, but seems subdued. Her eyes are both clear.She doesn't seem interested in her food today.
There doesn't seem to be any discomfort when you pick her up,but she just isn't walking and hopping around like she usually does.
It's almost like her neck has literally locked, but she doesn't flinch when you touch the area.
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There are two possibilities that you are bringing up here. The first is the possibility of torticloois which is wry neck. It can be casued by a Vestibular disturbance in the middle and inner ear. It can casue nausea, head tilt, lack of appetite, nystagmus, which is the jerking eye movement to one side or the other, falling over as well as other symptoms. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=485&S=5&SourceID=43
The other thing you are saying is your rabbot is not eating and very subdued. This can be a sign of Gi Stasis. which can be deadly in rabbits. At this point if it is GI stasis the Rabbit may have a blockage in the intestinal tract and since they are hind gut fermentors they need to have the food passing through and to be able to get the cecal pellets. In any case GI stais is something that cannot wait. If your Rabbit is not passing Pellets than GI stasis is high on the list. http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html
At this point I feel the Rabbit should see an ER Vet asap. In eithr of the cases you have brough up Hepatic lipadosis( A fatty Liver Problem from not eating which can occur in as little as 24 hours) can occur from lack of eating and I would strat you Rabbit On Oxbow critical care and also some Pedialtye for fliuds. If you do not have Oxbow handy plese follow the instructions in the second post in order to make a supplement to help with your Rabbit. Joan
Reply to Jav917's Post: Do you suggest taking her to the vets in the morning, or is there a 24hr vet available in nost areas?
With a zip code I can help find you an ER Vet. I am hearing two different symptoms and since I cannot examine her I can only tell you what may be happening. I would rather a Vet who can do a Hands on exam diagnose properly as to what may be happening. I would start the Pedialyte asap to ward off dehydration. Joan
Vet Tech for 30+yrs. Small Animals and Fish