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I just took my bunny out of her home to clean it and discovered she has ear canker! Nasty, major crustiness and one ear flopped over. How could I not have noticed this?! Well, I know how I didn't notice this - it's finals week and my mom has pancreatic cancer, that's how I didn't notice. Still, I feel so bad! How could I have let it get so advanced? I'm a @#$& vet tech, for pete's sake! This is the kind of nasty that clients bring in and we stand around in the back and say, "at what point did they decide they should bring her in?!"<br><br>
This is the first time she's ever had it and I can not fathom how she might have gotten it. She's my only bun, doesn't go outside or play with other bunnies, hasn't been out of the house in a year... The vet I work for doesn't see rabbits. We're going to see the doctor this afternoon and I will hang my head in shame. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"> Does anyone else have experience with this condition? Are there natural remedies I could use to make her more comfortable until it's taken care of? I'm such a bad mommy... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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The times we see this in rescued bunnies, it's generally either ear mites (which over time can produce a LOT of ear gunk and can be quite painful), or there is some physical reason the rabbit cannot clean the normal wax from its ear--like he is missing the back leg on that side of the body, which they use to dig/clean in the ear, or there is some pain or restricted movement in using that back leg. I suppose a general ear infection could also cause the problem, and that might turn up gunk more quickly (the others would take awhile to accumulate).<br><br><br><br>
Ear mites are very contagious to other rabbits and need to be treated during their life cycle and the environment must be cleaned repeatedly to prevent reinfestation. Cat-safe Revolution applied to the shoulder blades is a preferred treatment among most of our rabbit vets, and it needs to be repeated after 2-3 weeks to then kill any eggs who have hatched since the last treatment. Ivermectin/Advantage (for cats!! not dogs!!) is used sometimes for fur mites, but I'm not sure if they are good on ear mites, and in any case it's not as effective as Revolution (fur mites are harder to get rid of with ivermectin/need more treatments). Some vets also use Otomite in the rabbit's ears, and again it requires repeated treatments (I don't remember the interval but it would probably also be every 2-3 weeks).<br><br><br><br>
I have mentioned some off-label uses of cat products. WARNING: NEVER use Frontline on a rabbit!!!<br><br><br><br>
If the rabbit can't clean the ear, you'll need to figure out why the back leg is restricted/hurting. Rabbits w/o a back leg need to have their ears cleaned by their human or by another bunny friend.<br><br><br><br>
Ear infection would need rabbit-safe antibiotics, and you may need to do a C&S of the discharge to determine which abx would work.<br><br><br><br>
If the gunk is due to mites or ear infection, or even just caked on regular wax due to not being able to groom, be careful about removing it. It's safer to soften it with mineral oil and remove what becomes soft, then do more oil etc. Pulling it off can be painful, like ripping off a huge scab--and there may be scabs under the gunk if you have mites.<br><br><br><br>
I hope you find a good bunny vet to help you!
 

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None of my buns have ever had this problem,so i can't offer any advice but don't beat yourself up about it Cassiel, these things happen,you didn't deliberately not take her to the vet, you just didn't spot it, which is very understandable seeing as things sound very tough for you at the moment.The important thing is that you're getting her seen to, you can't do any more than that.i'm sure she'll be all fixed before you know it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks, guys. I completely panicked - you start to second-guess yourself when you see something like this. It looked crazy. I ran her straight to the vet. Talking to the doctor, apparently this ear mite can blow up exponentially within 1-2 weeks, so this it's not like I neglected her long term (@#$* finals). It's just ear mites, 3 applications of puppy/kitten revolution are supposed to take care of it. She already looks happier today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Really glad to hear your bun is feeling better Cassiel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"> Glad its all better. (Darn Finals!)
 
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