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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My rabbit has been off balance while now he's 6 years old.

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Hi my rabbit has been off balance for a while now he's 6 years old. He's eating and drinking can this be ec?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Yes, in fact encephalitzoonosis is often associated with neurologic disease in pet rabbits with reports of infection found in 50-75% of conventional rabbit colonies. Signs of this disease include behavioral changes, head tilt, nystagmus (eyes flicking back and forth), ataxia ("drunken sailor"), rolling, or seizures. It's important to recognize, however, that otis interna, pasteurellosis (important!) and other bacterial infection, cerebral larval migrans (roundworm migration), cranial or vertebral trauma, sondylosis, heat stress, and toxemia are also causes of those symptoms. If encephalitzoonosis is diagnosed, fenbendazole should be considered. This drug has been used as a potentially successful chemotherapeutic and prophylactic treatment at 20 mg/kg daily for 30 days. If Patches doesn't associate with other rabbits there would be no manner in which he could be re-infected. Here's a good review of pain in rabbits for you: http://www.rabbit.org/health/pain.html

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