I'd like a little help/advice with this. I have experienced head tilt before with Lacey and thankfully she recovered perfectly but Starsky has been a little different;
- 2 weeks ago Starsky had a nasty wound on his back I assume caused by Lacey either by biting or with her nails (accidently).
- The wound was not infected but was quite deep and he kept pulling out his hair around as well as pulling his fur out behind the back of his legs. He also had wart like lumps on the very ends of his ears. Also loss of appetite.
- Vet said it didn't look infected and injected him with an anti-inflammatory and sent me home with a short course of Baytril and some Ivermectin spot on in case it was a parasite.
- A few days later he was losing his balance when turning around and no binkying either, noticed lots of head shaking too - loss of balance particularly bad when shaking head. His appetite was back. Still, I wasn't happy with the loss of balance so I took him back to the vets.He just isn't himself.
- The vet did a full physical and couldn't find anything wrong so he thought that he could have had a reaction to the Ivermectin. He gave an anti-inflammatory and told me to keep a close eye on him in case a head tilt developed.
- Few days later I noticed that one of his eyes was half closed so I took him back to the vets as I thought it could be an early sign of head tilt. The vetfound a little bit of puss in his left ear.When looking in his left eye the vet noticed what could be utevitis which can be a sign of e-cuniculi. Lacey had suffered head tilt last year and recovered with anti-biotics and a course of Panacur -suspected e-cuniculi or ear infection. Due to this the vet recommended some testing in case both carry e-cuniculi, etc.
- Test negative for parasites, awaiting e-cuniculi results. High blood sugar but could have been through stress. Advised to avoid giving carrots and apples anyway in case of Diabetes.
- Prescribed Panacur for both rabbits, 28 day course, strong course of Baytril, eye drops for bad eye, gel for wound. Cost me a fortune but well worth it.
- Starsky is still losing his balance and he isn't getting better. He has developed a very slight lean (not really a tilt yet) towards his left side when in a deep sleep. He also twitches a lot in his sleep which he hasn't done before. Apart from these symptoms he is able to get around (albeit slower than normal) without falling over and he is eating well. Although he seems happy enough he isn't his usual self.
Although the symptoms are all leaning towards e-cuniculi I just can't help thinking that this is all linked to the wound on his back. I read somewhere on the netthat Pasteurella can occur from a scratch or bite - has anyone else had a similar experience? Or does anyone have any ideas as to what this could be or what I can do to help my bun a little more?