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Breathing trouble

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Rabbits' started by Gary, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. Oct 1, 2019
    Gary

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    My main doe sounds like a small pig while breathing. Is there anything I can give her for respiratory problems?
     
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    B&B Happy goats

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    are you seeing any other symptoms with her...discharge from nose or eyes and wetness on the inside of her from paws? How is she acting? Eating and drinking?
     
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    Gary

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    She eats and drinks. Outside in raised cages. I'm currently treating her for ear mites
     
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    Baymule

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    What are you using to treat the ear mites?
     
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    Gary

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    I was told on here to treat with vegetable oil
     
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    Baymule

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    That would work. I used mineral oil.
     
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    Olive oil and mineral oil work well too..they're thicker than vegetable oil and seem to work faster.
    Does she have any discharge from her eyes/nose? Is she sneezing? Lethargic?

    A few months ago, one of my lop does had a bad breathing issue that sounds similar to your doe...raspy heavy breathing that sort of sounds like a pig. She had no discharge and no other symptoms and after some research it seemed like the problem was caused by the heat/humidity...apparently when rabbits breathe heavier and faster, they can easily wear out the mucus in their throat and nose and after a while it causes raspy breathing. She had a litter of kits at the time and none of them showed any signs of it so I knew it wasn't contagious.
    It took about a month before she started breathing normally again, I put some 'breathe easy' essential oil on the bars of her cage and that helped a lot, and I put some echinacea tea in her water bottle. I hope your doe will be alright.
     
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    Gary

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    Sounds about the same as my doe. It is a lot of tile hot and humid here in central fl. I'll try the things you did
     
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    Keep her cool, out of the sun and give her frozen water bottles. The essential oil made a world of difference for my doe :highfive: