Moisture around rabbits mouth

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  1. May 21, 2019 #1

    MegE15

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    I’m a first time rabbit owner and I’ve had my rabbit, Beau, for about a month now and the whole time I’ve had him he seems to have health problems. He’s not even a year old and I’m his fourth owner (I felt so bad for the poor baby and wanted to give him a permanent, loving home), and his previous diets were less than good. When I first got him, he had a runny nose (although not bad and he didn’t sneeze very often) but I’m a worrier, so I took him to a rabbit savvy vet and got him started on antibiotics. The antibiotics didn’t fix his runny nose and I had started to notice he was grinding his teeth and he would drool a lot when eating. My vet then put him under to check his teeth and said there wasn’t really any major spurs, but he did trim a few little ones. He also took some x rays to check for tumors that could cause his runny nose, or if there was anything else. He found nothing (which I was very relieved to find out). My vet said he might just have a very mild case of chronic runny nose, but as long as he was still eating fine and everything else seemed okay, I shouldn’t worry about it. It’s now been a week since Beau’s last vet visit and I’m worried about his messy chin and cheeks. The area is almost constantly damp and I try to clean it every day, but Beau hates it and I can never get it fully dry. I’ve tried using a blow dryer, wiping it with a towel, and trying to brush the matted fur out before it gets bad. I’m at my wits end because I’m worried the constant dampness will cause some serious skin issues, but I can’t seem to fix it. Has anyone else had this issue with their rabbit? If so, what did you do? Should I take Beau to the vet again?
     
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    Do you feed your bunny fresh rinsed veggies? I found my bunny gets wet green patches around her chin from the veggies. I had to start putting a paper towel under them to absorb some moisture. I used to put them on a plastic plate, but I found the water pooled too much.

    Or are you sure the moisture is coming from his nose? I’m a worrier too, so I empathize, but I’ve found that sometimes I just have to let things ride for a bit (other than things like not eating/GI stasis symptoms). Especially since you’ve had him for only a month, it might just be a weird stress reaction from the new move or something. Weird that your vet hasn’t found anything tho, seems like they were pretty thorough.

    Hopefully other rabbit owners, more experienced than I, can pitch in.
     
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    I do give him fresh vegetables and greens, and I’m sure that’s what the green patches are, but he gets a lot of moisture around his mouth from eating his hay and pellets too.

    And I’m sure some of the moisture is coming from his nose, but the majority of it now seems to be coming from his mouth.

    I probably should wait it out. I didn’t even consider the stress of a move to be a factor, but that would make a lot of sense!
     

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