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Doe breathing loudly?

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Rabbits' started by AmberLops, May 17, 2019.

  1. May 17, 2019
    AmberLops

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    My 2 year old doe who has a litter of 3 week old kits suddenly started breathing strangely yesterday.
    Her breathing sounds sort of wheezy and labored. She's eating and drinking and seems normal otherwise...no sneezing, runny nose or discharge from eyes.
    Her babies seem okay and I don't think it's snuffles. It started when it got really hot yesterday (90 degrees) and I gave her frozen ice packs and water bottles.
    I'm worried about her!
    Any ideas as to what this could be??
     
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    Just a guess, because its hot here....the heat probably got to her plus caring for her kits. Mine are getting witchy with the heat, just laying around ant not eating as much...we are in the 90's and they are in the shade with ice bottles.....its just nasty hot!
     
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    Will she be okay though?
    I've never had my rabbits outside until I moved here...but they're still sort of inside....they're in a extension of the house that was supposed to be an 'extra room'. It has 2 windows and just a doorway with no door but it still gets hot and muggy in there.
    I bought a big fan today and i'm hoping that helps plus she has lots of frozen bottles and ice water!
    Any other suggestions?
     
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    I would try to get them in a shaded area with decent air movement. The ice bottles are great, but are a pain to keep refreezing. When i am out I sometimes mist them with my plant mister, that and a warm breeze seems to help, but remember, mine are outside under shade trees and 4'off the ground...I also keep a fan running in my goat house just to keep air moving (it is hung up high where the heat is ) keep the air moving unless temps. drop below 70 :bunny
     
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    Okay, i'll try to find a shady place for them...maybe just during the day and put them back in at night ?
    I just worry because there are tons of raccoons and opossums on my property!
     
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    If you have a safe place for during the day in the shade, or inside in a cooler room....whatever keeps them safest, coolest with moving air and water to drink :bunny yes, i would bring them in at night if you are worried ...
     
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    Thanks for the help! :)
    I put some 'breathe easy' essential oil on the bars of her cage and it seemed to help a lot...I wasn't expecting it to!
     
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    Well I completely forgot that I posted this!
    Here's an update.
    My doe seems to be doing a lot better. Yesterday she had no wheezing at all. It does seem to come and go a little bit but overall she seems just fine :)