Does anyone have experience with rabbit ear infections? If so I need your opinion. Please read my story below:
My 5 year old mini lop, Jellybean, has has some white mucus randomly out of his nose from time to time the last 5 months. I didn't think much of it because we just moved to a new state and I thought he was adjusting. He of course was eating normally, pooping normally and being active. I had a couple extra bucks this month so I figured I better get him checked out.
The vet did an exam and found white puss in the botom of both of his ears. The vet said that Jellybean has an "ear disease" and he will continue to produce this puss for the rest of his life.
He gave me 2 options:
1) Put Jellybean on pain meds and antibiotics for life. This will stop the production of more puss but will not remove the puss that is already inside the ear. The remaining puss will sit there and eventually errode through the bone and into his brain. He will be dizzy, off balance, nauseous and stop eating and eventually die.
2) Have a $1200 surgery in which they open the ear canal so the puss can drain out. After the surgery he will still have to be on antibiotics for life and I will also have to flush his ears regularly with saline.
Right now I am just giving him the pain meds and antibiotics to see how he responds to them. I asked about head tilt and the vet said that he probably wont get it because the infection is in both ears, not just one. But that he may start rolling and getting dizzy. I AM SO SAD!
Do these 2 options sounds right to you? Have anyone dealt with this disease? Can I pray that the antibiotics actually clear the puss out of the ear themselves or is that wishful thinking and impossible?
I don't want to make the wrong choice and I dont want my rabbit to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!