Need help with rabbits

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by pannell11, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. pannell11

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    Hello, We have a male rabbit that has a crusted looking sore in one of its ear. We have no ideal what this could be or how to treat it. None of the other rabbits seem the be afflictive. Anyone have a clue :?:
     
  2. Robin Pundzak

    Robin Pundzak Active Member

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    Could be ear mites. Does it have a scab or hair loss at the back of the neck? A squirt of baby oil in each ear for a couple of days will clear it right up. Ivormectin pour-on also works great - 3 drops on the back of the neck, once.
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  3. Ray

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    Hi, robyns right on the mark there. It sounds like common ear mites, one of the most common rabbit problems. Like robyn mentioned, oil works, I havent had much luck with the new water soluable baby oil, it dos'nt seem to work for me. I've had better luck with mineral oil, use enough to cover well every day for abouty a week not an excessive amount of mineral oil but be sure to cover the inside of both ears very well, and be sure to treat both ears even if you dont see anything in the other ear just go lighter on the one. If you dont have access to mineral oil you can surley use baby oil like Robyn said, however I would use cooking oil, or olive oil, or even the regular baby oil, befor the water soluable type. The best method is the last one mentioned, the ivormecton pour on type, This product is spelled several ways, all close spelling and all the same product
    Like robyn said 3 drops for a normal size rabbit for a miniture I would use only 2, and if its not 100% cleared up after 5 days repete the dose again.

    Watch the other rabbits because it is likely they will come down with them within the next 8 weeks, they may be started already and not yet dectable by the eye alone, you could go ahead and treat them now too or just keep a sharp eye on them. It usually goes around, and comes back from time to time, easy to cure but nearly impossible to stop completely.
     
  4. Robin Pundzak

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    Ray,
    I didn't know there was a water-soluble baby oil! My baby oil is just scented mineral oil. I agree, the water-soluble wouldn't work. You need the oil to smother the mites. I put mine in a small squirt bottle, suggested by the Goforths, and give them a squirt in each ear. It' really fast and simple.
    Robin
     
  5. Ray

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    Hi Robin, something new I think, My wife got it for the grandbabys, or I wouldnt have seen it either. I was out of mineral oil and ivormection so I tried it and it failed miserably. I went and got ivormection right away, but I can see how ivormection can be too expensive for someone with only a couple rabbits.