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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Pet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My california rabbit has wry neck from mites that went into

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Hi, my california rabbit has wry neck from mites that went into the inner ear..he does lay on his side or his back...I heard a pop noise from his neck and he doesn't hop around...he still wants to eat but gets very exhausted..is he going to be ok? I have to take him to a vet tomorrow.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
when do i get an answer?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's important to recognize that torticollis ("wry neck") most often appears secondary to Encephalitizoon cuniculi (a protozoan parasite) and/or Pasteurella multocida (a bacterium) infection. Ear mites should stay in the external ear canal. Joey's vet may treat for both of these infections presumptively with a combination of the antibiotic enrofloxacin and the parasiticide fenbendazole. The prognosis is always guarded with these rabbits because Pasteurella is very difficult to remove entirely from a rabbit's body. Fenbendazole, however, has been effective in removing E. cuniculi when administered for 30 days at a dose of 20 mg/kg orally daily.

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