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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2008, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Rabbit limp/scales after digging

I am from Malaysia.

My rabbit(snoopy/female) above suffers from enlarged scalling on all 4 paws.
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After taking anti biotics and applying iodine, it seems there is no reduction. It is currently limping(left front paw)
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This symptom occured after snoopy started digging hole in our garden.
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I could not find a vet specilized in rabbit at my area. Most of them are specilized for cats and dogs. What i would like is your kind help in suggestion of treatment so i could forward this information to the vet for the approriate treatment. It hurts me to see my rabbit suffer.

thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2008, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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I examined the scrapping of her dry scalps under a friend's microscope and found eggs and dead mite like bug. Armed with this and the internet, I went to the vet and ask them to give an antibiotic injection for mites that are available here(particularly for rabbits). Am happy to say my rabbit is putting her paw down for the first time and is eating well.

Another 2 injection is needed before all the mites disappear and finally she will be back to normal
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If it's mites, antibiotics do not help. Mites are a small parasite, and they need some sort of anti-parasitic (like Revolution or Advantage but NOT Frontline, which is poisonous to rabbits.)

It could also be some sort of fungus picked up from the soil.

If it were my rabbit, I would work with my vet, and treat with my rabbit with Revolution (which will kill any and all external parasites common to rabbits), and then start her on an antifungal orally to see if it affects these weird growths.

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If it's mites, antibiotics do not help. Mites are a small parasite, and they need some sort of anti-parasitic (like Revolution or Advantage but NOT Frontline, which is poisonous to rabbits.)

It could also be some sort of fungus picked up from the soil.

If it were my rabbit, I would work with my vet, and treat with my rabbit with Revolution (which will kill any and all external parasites common to rabbits), and then start her on an antifungal orally to see if it affects these weird growths.
Thanks for the tips on the type of medicine needs to be used. I will get them done. Yes, it is confirmed as mites. The problem is the vet is not that knowledgeable when it comes to rabbits so I have to find and check to ensure my rabbits are doing well in between finding other vets who have knowledge on rabbits in my part of country.

This is the reason i am posting so at least i know where to look for and what to look for since the vet are not that reassuring on most of things they are saying.

thanks again. god bless.
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When Tabby had mites they gave her shots. I think there was 3 or 4 given one week apart. It cleared them up and they never came back. I cannot remember what exactly the shots were.
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Kathy -- it was probably ivermectin, which can also be given orally and topically. Some vets are really gung-ho about injecting it for whatever weird reason.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-14-2008, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Dear all,

I got all the details here including what not to give to the bunny. At last i have found a vet who knows snoopy's symptoms. Just to be on the safe side i showed him on what medicine that does not agree with the rabbit. Although i did not get the name of the medicine he was saying, it will be 3 shot given within a week apart + oral medicine (enrofoxacin) 2 times a day.

Bunny is finally running up the stairs today........ that would be a good sign....
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I hope she's feeling better soon!


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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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yup she sure is. she is back to digging the garden again. Have to restrain her till she is well. All the scales in her feet are starting to fall off in a chunk and beneath them are her normal skin.. Can't wait for the hairs to grow back...

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Oh that's good news! I'm happy to hear she's getting better.


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