Rabbit with "a cold"..

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Kimchilla

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We moved yesterday and shortly after the move one male rabbit was acting slightly under the weather and had watery eyes/nose. This morning, hes still acting under the weather but he is still eating and drinking normal from what I see. But today his eyes a goopy and nose is snotty, even bloody! I am sure its the stress of the move, though we moved them carefully in boxes in the vehicle. He is an outdoor bun, used to being in a horse stall but since the move hes in a very large hutch for lack of space for him until we figure something out so his housing is a bit different to him.
I do not have a rabbit vet in the area, I've also never had a sick rabbit, anything I can do for him?! Trying to keep everything clean, offer him plenty of fresh water and food, clean up etc...
 

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If the discharge from his nose is anything other than clear, he has an infection and will require safe antibiotics from the vet. They don't get "colds" that go away on their own. They get respiratory infections (snuffles). This sounds like snuffles (if discharge is not clear), which needs a vet.
 

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Yeah, I have been researching since I posted and I've been seeing that online...
shoot...
I do not know of any rabbit vets.
I've asked small animal (cat/dog) vets in the area, one will neuter them and thats it. Others nothing.
 

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The House Rabbit Society has a list of vets...not sure if any in your area (wherever that is).
 

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He made it!

Though I preface this with I am NOT a vet and one opting not to take any animal to a vet is taking any inherent risks in their at home treatment.... I wanted to throw this out there for those who might come across this thread in the future and be unaware of any veterinarians in the area, who treat rabbits, as is my situation.

I made sure this little guy was warm, dry and had plenty of hay (outdoor bun).
I offered plenty of fresh herbs, parsley, cilantro, carrot tops etc... as he was not interested in eating pellets but he did eat those.
And I mixed this herbal product that I have on hand for goats (link) with water making a thick paste, giving him 1 ml (just guessing and erroring on what I thought was plenty) 2x daily down the bun hatch.
I also put some of the chickens VetRX on his nose.
And terramycin on his nose.

He kicked whatever he had and is fine. :)
 

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He made it!

Though I preface this with I am NOT a vet and one opting not to take any animal to a vet is taking any inherent risks in their at home treatment.... I wanted to throw this out there for those who might come across this thread in the future and be unaware of any veterinarians in the area, who treat rabbits, as is my situation.

I made sure this little guy was warm, dry and had plenty of hay (outdoor bun).
I offered plenty of fresh herbs, parsley, cilantro, carrot tops etc... as he was not interested in eating pellets but he did eat those.
And I mixed this herbal product that I have on hand for goats (link) with water making a thick paste, giving him 1 ml (just guessing and erroring on what I thought was plenty) 2x daily down the bun hatch.
I also put some of the chickens VetRX on his nose.
And terramycin on his nose.

He kicked whatever he had and is fine. :)
That's great to hear that he made it through. That was quite the risk but I'm glad it turned out in your favor.

I see you're in Michigan. For future references should you ever need a rabbit savy vet, I pulled this list from HRS's website for ones in your state. There's quite a few so I hope one of them is near you. https://rabbit.org/rabbit-veterinarians-state-listings/#Michigan
 

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Agree with Blue Eyes...
It sounds like Snuffles, which is serious and can turn to deadly pneumonia in no time. Especially when they have actual snot in their nose. Get Terramycin ointment and put it in the eyes and a little on the nose of the rabbit twice a day. Also try to get oral antibiotics such as enrofloxacin or trimethoprim Sulfa from a vet or, if no vet can be found, order from a feed or cattle supply. But be careful. The two antibiotics I listed are rabbit safe, but many are not. Fresh greens like cilantro and parsley will help the bunny also.
 

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