Snuffles? Allergies? Sinus Infection?
by Henderson Party of 5
(Adams Co. IL)
We are new to rabbits.
We got our 2 ladies (New Zealand) in April and our gentleman (Californian) in June.
Our gentleman (Oreo) started sneezing when we brought him home. We figured it was the change in environment, moving from the breeders to our barn, or maybe it was allergies?
Then it stopped for a while. Now it comes and goes. When he gets a sneeze attack, he sneezes, snorts, and there's a clear discharge from his nose.
His eyes & lids are clear and there's ruffling in his lungs. His appetite is consistent. We think it's all in his nose.
But 2 weeks ago one of our ladies started sneezing too.
The vet recommended treating all 3 by putting them on 10 days antibiotics (Baytril) but cautioned that it may cause internal damage.
They said we needed to make sure we added a pro-biotic and multi-vitamin to their diets to help combat the potential damage.
The vet said it was Snuffles, that it's not curable, highly contagious, that all rabbits actually have the virus passed down at birth and that we can only manage their symptoms.
The vet made it sound horrific!
Our rabbits could possibly die from sneezing and clear mucus?
I am going to try some of the natural remedies first, as the alternative prescribed medicine seems so harsh.
Has anyone else ever had success with natural remedies to treat snuffles?
Please help, we don't want Mr. Oreo, Ms. Clover, and Ms. Nibbles to suffer.
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