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Old 08-26-2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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Hi, as you know Oreo was diagnosed with a hairball last week, we've been force feeding her & giving her laxatone.. she's drinking water on her own & eating her hay a little at a time & she is starting to go to the bathroom a little at a time as well.
Today i'm not really sure what happened with her so I'm just wondering if anyones had any experience seeing a rabbit have a seizure.. This morning while i was at work, my mom heard a lot of noise in her cage & thought she was just running around in there, but when my mom went to check on her, she was laying on her side, kicking both her front & back paws & her body was shaking.. then she stretched out her legs & settled down & my mom stayed with her & pet her. Could that have been a seizure? What can be done to treat prevent seizures in rabbits?
Oreo just turned 5 last thursday so it's really got me worried. Her normal vet is on vacation this week so we are taking her to another rabbit savvy vet she's got an appointment in about an hour.
If anyone can give suggestions as to what it might have been or what could have caused it, i'd appreciate it
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:01 PM   #2
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I haven't heard of anything like that, but please let us know what the vet says!



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Old 08-26-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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Hi Pamela227,

Signs of a seizure is shaking, screaming, uncontrollable, often violent body motions. Afterwards, the rabbit is exhausted as it takes a lot out of them.

Pamnock has witnessed a number of seizures in rabbits. She said once to me on the topic of them: "Stress brought on by fear can also cause a seizure due to chemical responses in the body. Parasites (such as roundworm) migrating through the neurological system can also cause seizure as well as fever brought on by illness. Shaking the rabbit (and other injuries) may also bring on seizure."

What can you do? Hold the rabbit, keep it from thrashing and hurting itself. Don't hold it too tight because it could break it's back or bones, but try to keep it from thrashing into things. Try to keep the little babe as calm as possible.

There's not much you can do if a rabbit is genetically inclined to seizures, but preventing sudden/loud noises or movements can help.

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From Pamnock: "Many medications (in rare instances) can cause seizures in any organism including rabbits and humans. Flea and tick medications as well as the commonly used Ivermectin has been associated with seizures. Some animals appear to have a genetic deficiency in a aprotein-associated with blood-brain barrier. This allows Ivermectin to enter the brain from the blood resulting in seizures."

Seizures can vary in degree. They can be short or indefinite. If they carry on too long and the brain is damaged and they don't pass from seizure, the kindest thing you can do is euthanasia.

They could happen once and never again or could be repeated.

I will pray for you and Oreo, Pamela227.

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Old 08-26-2004, 09:18 PM   #5
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It sounds like it may have been a seizure that is age related or something frightened her in the cage. May have also been a seizure related to her illness. Toxins can build up in the rabbit's system and result in seizures.



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Old 08-26-2004, 11:16 PM   #6
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Pam, I'm sorry to hear about Oreo. We once had a dog that had seizures and they are a frightening thing tos ee. keep us posted as to what happens- Jan

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Old 08-27-2004, 01:11 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. We just got back from the vet a short while ago, he took a blood sample & is checking for a chemical profile & 2 kinds of bacteria i forget the names of it but he said we should get the results in a few days to a weeks time. He also gave her 2 shots, one to help get her gut moving again from her hairball & the other was an anti-inflammatory that he says works well to ease the pain caused by hairballs.
We think we might have found what caused the seizure but we're not sure. We are doing work on our house & have been painting in the hallway. Oreo's been in my bedroom with the door closed & the windows open, all the windows in the house have been open & the fan has been on to air it out as well. Oreo's seizure took place as my mom was in the middle of staining the back parts of the steps so we asked the vet if the fume from the stain/paint could have triggered it & he said it's very possible even though she was in my bedroom with the windows open since her sense of smell is greater then ours & she is small. So i guess we just have to wait til the test results to come back to see if she tests positive for any kind of bacterial infections.
In the mean time, hes put her on a strict high fiber green diet which will hopefully get her system moving again.
Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Oreo thanks you too! I will keep you posted on what happens when we hear the results from her bloodwork
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Old 08-27-2004, 04:01 AM   #8
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pamela, Iseem to remember myPandemonium twitchingquite a bit in her sleep last year. It seemed to be just dreams with her anyway. Mostly her feet twitch. My cat does too--she jerks a lot and makes really funny noises when you wake her.

yours does sound a bit more violent, though. Hope she's ok now!

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Old 08-27-2004, 06:52 PM   #9
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just a short update:
the vet called today while i was at work one of the test results came back & showed her kidney count being a little high.. which could mean an infection.. but he said not to get alarmed yet that we have to wait & see what the other tests come back as

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The kidneys are adversely affected when a rabbit has GI stasis, so any abnormal readings wouldn't be unusual.It's important to keep her well hydrated at this time.

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