Lately he had been scratching, losing hair and not gaining weight so I took him to the vet. She said it didn’t look like mites because he wasn’t scratching at the moment and he didn’t shriek/seize when touched. She insisted on a skin scrape but agreed to treat for mites, even if the scrape showed none. Sure enough, it was mites. She treated him with Revolution and he is on Sulfamethoxazole for two weeks.
Since he has lost weight I have been feeding him extra to plump him up and feeding Patapsco extra to plump him up a little, too. Apparently Patapsco is more sensitive to overfeeding than Pepino and looked a little uncomfortable, however, I bought him some parsley, which he started to chow down on immediately.
Vet sez to call her in a week and treat him again with Revolution one month later.
As in Ciaytee’s case, it’s probably best to treat for mites, even if they don’t show up on the skin scrape: http://www.guinealynx.info/mites.html
She always cleared up after 3 treatments. I believed in a bit of over-kill but it never harmed her.
By January 3 he was much better but on March 16th he seemed lethargic and was eating less. I took him to the emergency vet who said the infection never went away. We started the same meds again and he improved but then April 18th (Holy Thursday) he was worse again and barely eating. The vet couldn’t see him until Easter Monday. I had to leave him there to board as I was going to see my mother in Florida—there was nothing I could do but hope for the best.
Easter Monday I called the vet from Florida and she said it wasn’t good. The infection had spread into his mouth and one of his teeth had fallen out. His gums were also horribly inflamed. One of the vet’s staff made sure he ate, including syringe feeding him. In addition to the same meds the vet recommended something called “Maxiguard” to flush his mouth with—it’s had good results with rabbits with irritation caused by malocclusion.
This morning I took him to in for a follow up and there was some improvement. He gained back a lot of the weight he had lost, the vet says the infection and inflammation are less and the tooth is growing back. I didn’t think they did.
This is something I want to warn everyone: Last week I called both refills into the vet and picked them up. I have been going there more than 16 years and had most prescriptions filled there. Since I had a little of the old ones left I didn't open up the new ones until two days ago. Instead of giving me the AB and anti-inflammatory the vet gave me two bottles of the anti-inflammatory in different containers. Since most of the containers there look a like and the type was very small i figured the smaller container was the AB and gave him a dose from each bottle. It turns out I gave him THREE TIMES the prescribed amount of the anti-inflammatory and none of the AB.
Fortunately the vet says he should be fine (she saw him right after the triple dose, neither of us realizing what had happened.) I just want everyone to be careful--make sure you are given the right prescriptions and you understand the dosage! I don't think this has ever happened to me before.