Rabbit of the Month - Spud

Rabbits Online > Pet Rabbit Discussion > Health & Wellness > My bunny is breathing heavily



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-12-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
BubastisMom
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 4
Default

Hi, I just came back from the animal hospital with my bunny Thumpy and I was hoping to get some extra advice since the vet had never treated a rabbit before and didn't really seem to know what she was talking about. Lots of guessing, no real answers.

Location: Boston

Description: He's a Holland Lop, male, about three years old (I got him from a shelter so I'm not totally sure.)

I took him to the vet because he'd been breathing heavily since we moved to a new apartment on September 1st. Before that I was in Maine. Ever since I got Thumpy he's sometimes breathed very quickly, like when he's hot or scared, but it seemed to be more frequent and more noticeable since moving. I can hear him breathing quickly from across the room sometimes.

The vet didn't really know what was wrong, but she said it could be pneumonia (she listened to his lungs and thought they sounded a little raspy). I have antibiotics that could help with that, but might also make him sick.

She also said it could be heart disease potentially, but it would cost over $500 to do the tests just to figure that out. I don't know whether or not to spend that money.

Other than the heavy breathing, Thumpy is acting normal. He's eating his food and playing with Bubastis, my other rabbit. He's been drinking, pooping, and peeing normally too. He hasn't lost weight or changed his behavior, and he's not coughing, sneezing, looking pale around the gums, or anything like that.

I'm not sure what I should do next or how much I should trust the vet's (non)advice.

Thank you!



__________________
BubastisMom is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 05:33 AM   #2
Mariah
 
Mariah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 620
Liked 68 Times on 56 Posts
Likes Given: 44

Default

I think you should get a second opinion from a rabbit (exotic)
Vet. Can you call around and see who treats bunnies?



__________________
Mariah is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 05:41 AM   #3
BubastisMom
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 4
Default

That's a good idea, yes. I did call a bunch of vets earlier today and none of them treated "exotic" animals, but I'm sure someone in the area must. I'd feel better if someone who knows rabbits had a look at him.

__________________
BubastisMom is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 06:22 AM   #4
Imbrium
Jennifer
RABBIT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Imbrium's Avatar
Rabbits
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Posts: 5,316
Liked 585 Times on 502 Posts
Likes Given: 486

Send a message via MSN to Imbrium
Default

check out this part of the forum - http://rabbitsonline.net/view_forum.php?id=9

considering you live in boston, you should be able to track down a rabbit-savvy vet in the massachusetts thread

Imbrium is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
BunBuns Human
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Posts: 154
Default

This is the first summer with BunBun and he is doing a lot of heavy and loud breathing at times, it seems to be related to the heat, like panting in a dog.



__________________
BunBuns Human is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Newest Threads