Thanks for your question regarding this young rabbit
Where abouts did you find this little one?
Can you see pink flesh beneath where his skin is missing?
Are there areas of crusting on the other parts of his skin?#
I have a friend who rescues animals, she has many and asked me to take it home to care for it.
yes, pink skin, no bleeding, fresh wound
i am a nurse
Does it look like a skin defect that could/should be stitched, or is is more superficial than that?
my friend tried to stitch it but it just fell away, at home, it came all away, no skin/hair to re-attach
Ok - that does sound quite bad! Hopefully this little one is eating and drinking as per normal
it is drinking water, i am trying to treat it like a burn, but I can't keep a dressing on it, a wild animal, you know
Make sure he has plenty of palatable hay available
No - you aren't going to be able to get a dressing on that
Ideally this little guy needs Veterinary treatment and a good and long course of an appropriate antibiotic
There is a real worry this wound will quickly become infected
And definitely if he is outside - it will likely quickly become 'fly blown'
hay or grass?, it was in shock at first but when I went to give it water, it went crazy
not outside, flushing with abx water
If for some reason you can't get him seen by your local Vet right now, then you need to use an appropriate wound spray
http://www.jefferspet.com/vetericyn-wound-spray/camid/liv/cp/0035282/ - Vetericyn is quite good for this
you can read more about this online here: http://vetericyn.com/benefits/exotics.php
Continuing to gently clean the area with warm salty water may also help
(a teaspoon of salt per cup of warm water)
This can help to dry out the wound a little
Cleaning with salty water, dabbing dry gently and then spraying with Vetericyn will help
name?, I have aggrenox will that work?
However - there is still a high chance this wound will become badly infected
Doctor, there is no wound open, just skin removed
SO - for the best chance of this bunny doing well, a Veterinary physical exam and appropriate oral antibiotics will be necessary
If there is something that needed to be stitched - then that sound a lot like a large skin defect - or wound
the Vetericyn spray is definitely a good idea here
Well, I will see about a vet tomorrow, but what if he says "no go"
But it definitely sounds like a course of oral antibiotics are likely to be necessary here as well
Is that a script med or a co-op med
If this little one is eating (preferably hay) and is otherwise happy, then there will definitely be options for treatment
This is likely to be wound management as you have planned, however antibiotics will likely be nessary
It will be a Veterinary medication licensed for rabbits
Likely something like Enrofloxacin (or 'Baytril')
i have amoxicillin, 8 oz creature, how much?,
Rabbits are so susceptible to infection - especially in this situation
They are also extremely susceptible to certain medications
Definitely do NOT give any amoxycillin to this boy
Your local Vet will be able to prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for him. Many human and canine/feline antibiotics are toxic to rabbits
Something like enrofloxacin would likely be prescribed
Get him seen tomorrow if you can
In the meantime - keep him warm and inside if possible
Feed him a high quality hay like timothy hay
http://www.jefferspet.com/natures-promise-western-timothy-hay/camid/LIV/cp/0031456/cn/3604/ - like this for example
very well, I will see if Dr. Hoke will help me. I will keep the skin moist throughout the night along with water, is that appropriate? no hay, carrot?
Food as well - hay if you have a good quality bunny hay for him
small amounts of carrots are fine
Your prognosis for real sir.
It really depends on the thickness and size of this wound
Without antibiotics and careful wound care - his prognosis is likely guarded to poor
With proper treatment and care his prognosis could be fair to good depending on the size of the issue
Let me know how you get on with your Vet if you get a chance
Hopefully everything can be done to save this little one
What is the thickness of a cat or rabbit? we have a few thicknesses of dermis, this is like paper thin with hair on it
A cat's dermis is much thicker than a rabbits
A rabbit dermis is so thin and easily 'torn'
It can be torn down to the subcutis
Or it can be completely torn away to reveal muscles etc
Either way - any tear/wound can become infected and that is the main concern here
that is probably where it is, no muscle is showing, no open wound
Ok - so the prognosis is slightly better, however still such a high chance of infection - you really will need to follow up on this with your Vet in the morning
Oral antibiotics, a topical wound spray and regular cleaning should do the trick though (so long as he is otherwise fine and eating/drinking as per normal)
Ok, Thank you very much, Dr Hoke tomorrow, Sandra Coldiron, R.N.
No problem Sandra
Keep in touch with how you get on if you get chance please
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