Sinus infection and comfort cares

Help Support RabbitsOnline:

Niomi

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
525
Reaction score
269
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I have a rabbit that has been struggling with sinus infections for over a year. He will be 12 years old in October. In the past he has been prescribed antibiotics, but the infection always comes back after the medication are gone. The vet said that he will continue to have this condition no matter what, and it is time to stop the antibiotics. He sneezes a lot and gets snot all over his fur. It is hard to wash off. Has anyone tried Vet Rx or Bunnymycin? I saw them on "All Things Bunnies" online and I wonder if they would make him feel better. He is not ready to go to the rainbow bridge yet. He still shows signs of joy,
 

John Wick

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 29, 2019
Messages
405
Reaction score
437
Location
United States
How long has the course(s) of antibiotic(s) been when your rabbit was receiving treatment? Hearing the "infection always comes back", to me, is a sign of potentially stopping the treatment too early, which is not uncommon in treating rabbit respiratory-related infections. Depending on what tx was, I wonder if it's worth revisiting tx again because sneezing a lot and having snot all over cannot be fun for your rabbit or you.

Unfortunately I do not have experience with Vet Rx or Bunnymycin, but if your rabbit is having nasal discharge (and if it's colored), I don't think these will do any good because they are not addressing the root of the problem.
 

Niomi

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
525
Reaction score
269
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
He has had problems with sinus infections for a couple of years, but it has been this past year that he was put on antibiotics. Each time it has been a longer period of time, an different antibiotics have been used. The last time it was 4 weeks of lmedication.
 

Shmibunny

Active Member
Joined
Aug 11, 2018
Messages
36
Reaction score
27
Location
Finland
Has the discharge ever been cultured? To find out what strain of bacteria it is and what antibiotics can kill it? Even if it has, that might be good to do again, and then a long enough course hopefully would take care of it.
 

John Wick

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 29, 2019
Messages
405
Reaction score
437
Location
United States
He has had problems with sinus infections for a couple of years, but it has been this past year that he was put on antibiotics. Each time it has been a longer period of time, an different antibiotics have been used. The last time it was 4 weeks of lmedication.
Hmm.. have the medications been stopped after a good amount of time of lack of symptoms? It is unusual, but personally my Wick (who had a URI when we got him) didn't get over his URI until he was on Baytril about 8 weeks and we added penicillin injections during the last 3 weeks. Baytril showed signs of improvement, but it plateau'd, but removing it made symptoms come back, which is why the shots were added. A longer tx, to my knowledge, is unusual, but obviously not unheard of.

I agree that if a culture is an available assessment, it may be worthwhile at this point.

There's also the fact that your rabbit is living a truly long life, and a consequence of age can be a naturally weaker immune system. If it is between long-term antibiotic care vs. your rabbit getting snot crusted, I would choose antibiotics if they are providing symptom relief and are not upsetting the rabbit in another way.

Is the discharge colored, and have allergies been considered? My other rabbit, Fable, has some sort of nasal congestion naturally and she gets Children's Benadryl when I notice it is acting up.
 

Niomi

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
525
Reaction score
269
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I read on another site where someone claimed putting GSE (grapefruit seed extract) in the water helps with snuffles, so I tried it. It seems to help. His tear ducts don't work and sometimes his eyes are watery. I would put him to sleep but he still runs around the room and visits my other rabbits and he eats well. He has lost weight, but he still seems to have a lot of energy. I don't expect to cure him, but I want him to enjoy the time he has left. His 12th birthday is in November, but I don't expect that he will live to see it. He has seen the vet 4x's in the past year and I see no point in putting him through anymore treatments.
 

John Wick

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 29, 2019
Messages
405
Reaction score
437
Location
United States
Interesting-- I've never heard of GSE as a help, but if it is seeming to help rather than harm, I agree that doing what you can to enjoy the time he has left is a fine decision.
 

Latest posts

Top