I have a 2 1/2 yr old rabbit who is very much like the family dog. He comes in and out the dog door and is trained to do his business outside. However, yesterday he urinated several times inside the house. Today we noticed that his head is tilted to one side (right) and his right eye is puffy. He has been drinking a lot of water - hence the urine - I would assume, but I haven't seen him eat much. Before he has eaten things before which has caused him to be a little lethargic, but nothing like this - and never any puffiness in the eye. What should I do?
Type of Animal: rabbit
Name of Animal: Struedel
Eye drops only about 30 min ago.
Hello,I'm sorry to hear that Struedel is having all these problems. She needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible because some of these symptoms are quite serious. This link will take you to a directory of rabbit vets:http://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.htmlWhenever a rabbit loses its appetite, it is considered a medical emergency. When a rabbit stops eating, or eats very little, the digestive system can shut down. This is called gastro-intestinal stasis (GI stasis). It is life-threatening. Treatment varies depending on the cause. If there's a blockage, surgery may be needed. If there is no blockage, gut motility drugs and/or appetite stimulants can help. The tilted head indicates vestibular disease. It can originate in either the ear or the brain stem. There are many things that can go wrong in these structures that will cause the symptoms you are seeing. There are protozoal infections, bacterial infections, a disease spread by raccoons, strokes, tumors, and injuries, to name a few. You are going to need an experienced rabbit vet to figure out exactly what is going on and begin an appropriate treatment. The appetite loss may or may not have been caused by this illness.Until you can get to a vet, put your rabbit in a place where she'll be safe. It's easy for a rabbit with this condition to injure itself, so place padding on the bottom and sides of her enclosure. Here is a site that will tell you about vestibular disease, including how a vet may treat it, and what you can do at home to increase your rabbit's chances of recovery.http://www.rabbit.org/health/tilt.htmlThere are several possibilities for what may be wrong with the eye. One, of course, is that there may be an eye infection or injury. Eye infections are common in rabbits, and this is the most likely cause of the problem. Several different bacteria can cause infections. An eye infection can be serious and life-threatening because such infections can easily spread to the respiratory system. That's why you need to watch for other symptoms.Here is a site where you can read more about eye problems in rabbits:http://www.rabbit.org/journal/2-8/eye-problems.htmlAnother possibility is that your bunny has a dental problem. An abscessed molar or one that has grown in such a way as to put pressure on the eye sockets can cause discharge, swelling, or irritation of the eye. Such dental problems are also common in rabbits. Other signs to look for would include drooling, wetness of the fur around the mouth and chin, and a change in eating habits. You can read more about rabbit dental problems here:http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/dental.htmlThe excessive drinking and urination can indicate a urinary tract infection, bladder stones or sludge, or an endocrine system imbalance, such as diabetes. As you can tell from the information I've given you, Struedel's heath is in a complicated and serious state right now. The sooner she can be seen by a vet, the better.If you have more questions, let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope she will reach a full recovery.AnnaIf you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask! There’s no additional fee for such follow-up questions.Please remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either of the two faces on the left, please stop, and instead reply to me via the REPLY button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek. Please note that you are rating the completeness and accuracy of the answer and the quality of service you received, not how happy you are with the actual information provided.Thank you.Anna41111.791478125
40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
Hi Tracy,I'm just following up on our conversation about Struedel. How is everything going?Anna