Sneezing not responding to treatment

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  1. Aug 14, 2019 #1

    MeganMex

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    I was gifted a surprise rabbit in early june which had been bought cheap from a random lady by some friends. When I received her she was sneezing and had nasal discharge. I took her to the vet the next day and since then she has been on several different treatments: broad spectrum antibiotics, then pasteurella specific anitbiotics and now antihistamine to rule out allergies. She has not responded to any of the treatments and still has the same symptoms. Other than sneezing and discharge she eats and poops well and has lots of energy, and vets have confirmed she is a normal healthy rabbit. Before I spend a lot of money on various tests I would love to know if anyone has had a similar experience or theories on what the problem could be.

    Thank you in advance,
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    In my experience with combating an upper respiratory infection, my vet was very straightforward in saying it would be a trial and error process to figure out what medication would work. She was in a rural area, so it was a big hassle/cost to do a culture/sensitivity test, and she was concerned about wasting time/money if the culture/tests became contaminated or were inconclusive.

    My rabbit went through the following, and had these results (time estimates are approximates):

    1) 2 weeks on Bactrim - no change throughout the entire 2 weeks
    2) 1 month on Baytril - slight improvement, but the improvement plateau'd and he never got completely "cured"
    3) 1 week of injected penicillin + Baytril - drastic improvement!
    4) 1 day of only injected penicillin - sneezing came back; reinstated dual Baytril + injected penicillin
    5) 2 weeks of injected penicillin & Baytril - no more symptoms afterwards.
    I think the biggest issue is usually 1) not having the appropriate medication for the infection and 2) not staying on the medication long enough. What medications have been tried and how long were they implemented for?
     
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    You were in the exact same situation as me then... She started with vibracin (doxycylcine) for 4 weeks, then moved on to sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim which she has been on for 3 weeks and needs one or two more to complete the course. She has simultaneously been taking an antihistamine (since friday) used for birds as there are apparently none specifically made for rabbits. I will definitely suggest your treatments to my vet! I am so desperate for the stress to be over!
     
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    If the antihistamine is to rule out allergies and it's been taken with no difference, I wonder if that's something you need to keep giving? The less medication, the better for you and your rabbit. When there's multiple medications going on, it can get difficult to pinpoint whether reactions are due to a specific medication or the interaction between medications.
     
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    i had the same problem when i first got my second bun from the breeder back in 2017. he had three types of antibiotics but none of them worked. then I searched online and it said echinacea help. you might want to do some research on that, and more importantly, your bun needs to gain some weight to fight off the disease.
     
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    If the vet hasn’t done a culture on the nasal discharge then it will be a guessing game as to what will work.
     
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    Did the echinacea help yours at all?

    My chunky bun has no problem gaining weight, she was 300g when I got her and is now 1kg! She is still young and was definitely underweight which is probably why she got sick in the first place but considering that she is otherwise a very healthy rabbit it baffles me that she isn’t getting better.

    They have taken discharge samples on a couple of occasions, first there were visible bacteria of a specific type (and was given the particular antibiotic for it) and the second time there were none which is why we are trying antihistamine.

    Thank you all for the suggestions, I will update you once we have figured out this mystery!
     
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    I hope one of the bacteria cultured was not MRSA. It is not easy to eradicate and might resurface after antibiotics "clear" it. Some humans need months of IV antibiotics to rid themselves of it. I have one bun with it in the lacrimal duct in one eye. He gets an eye discharge on and off. The other night he had a fit of sneezing that went for a while. It is a bug that humans can transmit to their animals, and, once infected the animal can then infect their humans. I think he got it from their previous owner who spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals.
    I wonder if your bun might have inhaled something that is still irritating her. Keep us posted.
     
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    My rabbit for the last few years sneezes and had a weepy eye and it occurs every summer . Took him to a specialist £1000 had culture X-rays bloods etc done couldn’t figure out what it was as culture can come back negative and will need doing again. I took him to a different vet where he was prescribed sulfratrim for a month and clears it up . So spent all the money out for nothing really . Good luck with your bunny also make sure they check his teeth and don’t use sawdust and also freeze his hay so it’s not dusty that’s what I was advised so mines on cat litter pellets and his hay and herbs go in the freezer
     
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    My bunny started out just sneezing but it turned into pneumonia. They tried everything but the one antibiotic that really started to get him back to normal was Azithromycin.
     

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