wasting disease

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by okiemom, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. okiemom

    okiemom Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2002
    i am having problems w/ a rabbit. I am giving 16% pellets and she is gettting 6-8oz a day. yet her fur is ratty like fur mites and she is chewing her ear. I did have something like this before w/ 3 fryers. I thought they were chewing their fur off each other. I also tried ivemec but was too late we had a sudden drop in temp ( 30+ deg. in a few hrs.) and w/ fur missing I believe they froze.

    I thought it was fur mites and I gave 2/10 cc. ivemec. Waited a week and still thin and misisng fur . i have given 1 cc today :stars: . it will eighter cure her or kill her :confused: . she has chewed and ear and now has a huge rip in her nose. she is by herself in the cage she does has a rabbit next to her. Is this bordom?

    I have not notices any diareaha. she would have been deal long ago. What causes steady decline w/ fur thinning and wounds on appendages?

    I have had a few get ear mites and have treated them w/ oil an ivemec. Is anyone having trouble w/ resistant mites? I am dropping the ivemec on the back of the neck. Is it to be topical or oral?

    to up the protein can I mix rabbit pellets w/ alfalfa 1:1? will this help if the protein is too low?
  2. Dian

    Dian Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2003
    Lafayette, TN
    With the chewed ear and a rip in the nose I would suspect the rabbit in the next cage. It would also explain the tattered looking fur. I don't know why they will do it, but I ocassionally have a rabbit that will lay right against the cage wall (actually 1x2 in wire divider) and the rabbit in the cage next to it will pull and scratch at it. I have had some pretty torn up before I realise it is going on. So if they can get to each other that may be the problem. If they can't reach each other could it possibly be a cat, dog, rat, or something reaching them from under the cage. It just sounds more like an outside injury than something that the rabbit is doing to itself. Dian

  3. bojay

    bojay Active Member

    Jun 25, 2005
    I have something similar going on with a junior buck. He's hyper and easily agitated. Sometimes I see him pacing one side of the hutch like he's a little crazy. Some fur and weight loss too. He seems to eat enough, but mostly likes to dig in the bowl.

    I'm going to bring him inside for closer observation. I hope someone has some ideas what's going on.