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Old 04-01-2010, 11:38 AM   #31
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James, I will hafta message you too like you said. On my rabbit, the eye thing started clearing up almost right away after the penicillin shot. (Whereas the baytril didn't do anything) The red and swollenness went down and her eye stopped running. The vet said the eye thing could also be the syphilis. Her genitals look a lot less inflamed and they are also a much lighter pink now and less swollen.

She goes in for her next shot on Monday and the vet said after the second shot you will probably notice the biggest difference, and I have already noticed a marked improvement which I am so happy about.

When looking at other pictures of syphilis online, I was horrified at how bad it looked. However, in the case of my rabbit, I think we caught it at an early stage.


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Old 04-01-2010, 02:34 PM   #32
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I've dealt with two bunnies with syphilis myself. The penicillin made a big difference quickly. It was kind of odd telling friends and family my bunnies had an std... Lol. Hope your bunner feels better soon!


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Old 04-01-2010, 02:38 PM   #33
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Found pics though they aren't so good...












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Old 04-01-2010, 05:32 PM   #34
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Just for information....the dosing protocol we use with Pen G is one injection per day for three days and then every other day. The reason this is done is to keep the Procaine level up until the Benzathine gets to working levels. Procaine is fast in/fast out and Benzathine takes a few days to get to working levels but stays in the body at effective levels much longer.

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Old 04-01-2010, 06:57 PM   #35
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Does it depend on how advanced the disease is? Snowball is getting 3 shots each a week apart. The vet said he did combine two kinds of penicillin but I believe they are the Pen G. Hopefully it will be the correct dosing. I think he decided to do this instead of more frequent for right now since it is a mild case. I just don't want it to come back!

I went to the pet store today to tell them about the rabbit and they had never heard of syphilis. He is going to talk to the breeder, but the pet store guy said they haven't had any other issues with bunnies. I do trust the guy, we've known him for a long time so I know he wouldn't sell a sick rabbit on purpose. But.....hopefully they will get to the bottom of where it came from?

Also, Nela, thanks for your pics. And thanks, I hope she feels better too So your bunnies were cured then after the injections? I know it is funny saying about the syphilis. People get a weird look on their face and I'm like it's not the same kind! LOL. But I've been still getting teased by my family.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:52 AM   #36
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Let me clarify something..

That was after 2 shots of Pen G...a week had passed.

I am also married to a Vet.. and his advice at that time was for injectable Pen G..

When she first arrived, it was matted and red and inflamed and swollen, very angry looking as were her vent.

Those also are after I had cleaned her up quite a bit ..

But whatever you all feel is best as for the pics.


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Old 04-08-2010, 10:15 PM   #37
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Hey everyone, so Snowball is due for her last penicillin shot on Sunday, and she seems to be coping well. She definitely is eating and pooping...alot! Since the vet mentioned stasis was a possibility.

But in the last couple weeks I have noticed a change in her litter habits. She was very good with the litter box since I first got her around 5 weeks--it took about a week for her to pick a corner.

But now her habits are horrendous! She poops all over her pen. (Still in the general corner of the litter box, but not IN the box.) She still goes pee in her box and poops a little in there. Then in her cage she has been pooping all over and peeing all over her towel. I'm wondering if I should just take her towel out.

Why do you think there is this change? She's about 5 months old so maybe it's hormones? Rebellion? She's mad from being medicated and/or being taken to the vet? I know she gets shaky and nervous going to the vet. Just hope her changed habits doesn't mean she has another sickness. Her genitals look very light pink now, are not swollen, and her fur is finally growing back under her nose where the scabs were. Her eye still looks great! Hoping this last dose of medicine will get rid of it and it won't come back. Do you also think there's a chance that the 3 doses won't get rid of it?
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I would guess hormones.

I'm glad she's doing much better, and I hope that this last dose does the trick. I would think 3 doses should handle it.


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