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#1 Old 01-29-2011, 06:18 PM
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Hey guys,

My rabbit has been going into long sneezing fits lately. I think it's probably an upper respiratory infection and he has an appointment to see his vet next week. Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
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He's eating and behaving normal. He doesn't really have any discharge, his nose is just moist as usual I suppose. The weird thing is that he will go for a day or two without sneezing much then he will start up again. I'm going to a vet recommended by the House Rabbit Society so I'm sure he will take good care of my baby. We won't be able to go in until Monday and he was sneezing quite a bit today.
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What kind of bedding does he have? Some people use cat litter, especially for house rabbits, and some kinds can get up their nose and cause them problems with their lungs. So if you do use cat litter, check it out! But if not I don't have any idea, but I hope your bunny is okay.

It's good that he's eating normally, if he does stop eating, I would try to get him help asap as when a rabbit stops eating their body shuts down quite quickly. However it doesn't sound like that's a problem,b ut it's important to know as I had this problem with my bunny a while back (he's fine now though )

Goodluck Keep us updated xxxx
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No, we definitely do not use cat litter. We use that fluffy white stuff. He really likes it and it seems comfy to lay on. Last night he was sneezing like crazy and today he's barely sneezing at all. I'll keep you all updated
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And, because I know you guys LOVE pictures... Here's the very sneezy bunny himself...



He was very angry that I interrupted his play time with his kitty friend.
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Oh wow he looks so cute and innocent! I think the black eye patch makes him look all wide-eyed.

and he's cuddling you, my bunny isn't very cuddly! He's got better in his old age but I'm jealous of people with cuddly bunnys!
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Oh wow he looks so cute and innocent! I think the black eye patch makes him look all wide-eyed.

and he's cuddling you, my bunny isn't very cuddly! He's got better in his old age but I'm jealous of people with cuddly bunnys!

It's a ruse. He really isn't very cuddly either, but I'm bigger than he is so he does what I say :P

Also, our vet had to cancel our appointment today so we are going tomorrow instead.
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Good news! We FINALLY got to go to the vet today after being snowed/iced in. Bunbun is absolutely, totally, 100% healthy. His teeth look great, his chest is clear, his eyes are bright, everything is fine! Our vet thinks he's having an allergic reaction to something and suggested that we change out his hay and fluff and start fresh. Even though I didn't get a definitive answer, it was worth going just to hear that he's a completely healthy boy. Our vet also said that if he's still sneezing we can give him a low dose of children's benadryl. I'm so glad it's nothing serious.
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Rabbitluvr, have you had any experience with giving bunnies children's benadryl?
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1CC. I haven't gotten any yet because the roads are still completely treacherous here. I was going to go tomorrow during the day.

I cleaned and vacuumed out his cage. Hopefully that will help his sneeze.
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She gave me a little plunger (and I've gathered quite a collection rescuing kittens), so I was going to try that. I like the idea about bananas and putting it on his paws. Thanks for the link! Maybe I'll try the mixing in method first. I bet he would love that.
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Hahaha, bunnies are so precious and silly.

Also, Bunbun does this weird thing and no one knows why. After he gets tired of playing, he will lay down and curl his lip back, showing us his teeth. It's like he's smiling or trying to be ferocious. Do any of your bunnies do this? It's so cute!
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Yay I'm glad your bunnys fit and healthy! Fantastic news

One of my bunnies (now passed) kicked up such a fuss when taking medicine or having her toenails clipped it was a two person job and we had to get my nan in because my dad wasn't firm enough to hold her still! Poor bunny was always so scared, I think it's because she was deaf though, so being handled freaked her out.

Anyway, wonderful news! yay xxx
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Aww, poor deaf bunny. Bun is pretty good about getting his nails clipped. Still haven't tried giving him meds because he hasn't sneezed today. Given the inconsistency of his sneezing, though, I'm not sure if he's better or not just yet. Thanks guys, it was great having bunny friend support through this
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I'm glad your bunny does not have a respiratory infection- they can be so difficult to treat sometimes!

Two things that might be of value- one, make sure you are using a brand of hay that is softer and less dusty. I know the cheaper Kaytee hay tends to be less fresh and therefore more brittle, which causes it to break into dust more easily. This hay dust can make bunnies sneeze. Oxbow hay is generally fresher and softer and less likely to irritate the respiratory tract. Two, I know that in the winter, the dry air may dry out bunnies' nasal passages and make them sneeze. My friend has a humidifier for her bunny who has this problem- she uses in the winter and it makes her bunny much more comfortable.

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I'm glad your bunny does not have a respiratory infection- they can be so difficult to treat sometimes!

Two things that might be of value- one, make sure you are using a brand of hay that is softer and less dusty. I know the cheaper Kaytee hay tends to be less fresh and therefore more brittle, which causes it to break into dust more easily. This hay dust can make bunnies sneeze. Oxbow hay is generally fresher and softer and less likely to irritate the respiratory tract. Two, I know that in the winter, the dry air may dry out bunnies' nasal passages and make them sneeze. My friend has a humidifier for her bunny who has this problem- she uses in the winter and it makes her bunny much more comfortable.

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Thanks, Julie. I cleaned all his old hay out (it was kaytee) and put some Oxbow in there for him. It's like your post came to me in a dream! He's still sneezing but hopefully it will get better soon. Dry air cold be a problem, but it hasn't been a problem before so I don't know.
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