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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-25-2007, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Stroke symptoms?

Hi all - Merry Christmas.

A six week old doe that came into my rescue fell ill on me last night. It looks like she's had a stroke. I've only ever seen this behaviour in dogs- and they did have a stroke. Her right side is paralysed. Her breathing was laboured last night, but at about 5 am she started eating, and has been eating, and drinking lots of water today. She has been very alert today and can hold herself up today, which she could not do at all last night. She had no symptoms leading up to this. She still cannot use her right side, and cannot walk, but can sit up. I'm baffled as to what would cause this... several of the rabbits that came in her group have upper respiratory problems. She is a Mini Rex. They came from a very bad situation - but all have come around beautifully. She is the brightest, friendliest little bun in my rescue. She is sleeping upstairs by the fire keeping warm and safe, and I have seen little improvements often today. I am doing research and thought I'd just throw it out there and see if anyone else has dealt or heard of this? My Vet of course is clueless.

Any ideas could help - I'd appreciate them.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 10:35 AM
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Hmm - I honestly have no idea. Is there anyway you could take her to another vet for a second opinion?

It sounds like she's doing ok thought, despite her problem. Maybe she did have a stroke, I don't have any experience with that, but I would assume it could happen to a rabbit just the same as in other animals.

Good luck with her, she's lucky to have found you to take care of her!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 10:51 AM
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Going to see another vet is definitely your best bet.

Two years ago one of my bunny had liver failure (Did not fail 100%) she had fever and went "vegetable" meaning she wouldn't move, wouldn't eat (had to force feed her) etc... The vet thought she would never come back to her old self but she did. Slowly she began sitting up again, she also dragged herself on the floor etc...

I would definitely check is she has a fever, but it's most likely she HAD a fever.
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