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Forum BEHAVIOR HELP: Head Tilt Questions Needing Answers RE: HELP: Head Tilt Questions Needing Answers


mobysmom01
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I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this. We had a long and painful bout of head tilt with one of our bunnies a few years back.

First, it’s great that he is eating anything at all on his own. Keep putting stuff where he can easily get to it. However, if he is pooping significantly less or his poops look a lot smaller he could be entering stasis- sounds like you’re experienced bunny owners so you probably know about syringe feeding and critical care. We had to syringe feed our guy for quite a while. He didn’t mind it at first- once they are wrapped in a little bunny burrito with a towel it is easier to give it to them, and meds too.

My rabbit was also on antibiotics in case it was a nasty ear infection and I think we were also on an antibiotic for e cuniculi, and metacam for potential pain. We also got an e cuniculi test which was negative but we treated for it anyway.

The eye thing is what my vet called ‘stargazing’- where one eye is wide open and lifted toward the ceiling. It’s pretty common with head tilt I think. We did get lubricant drops to put in his eye.

The rolling is so distressing to watch, I totally feel your pain with that. Our vet told us it was much worse for us than for him, and if your guy is able to get around at all still that’s awesome.

Our guy did require pretty constant care but I think your bun is in better shape than mine was and you’re staying on top of it. Keep us posted and let me know if you have any more questions. Hang in there, I know how tough it is and how suddenly it seems to come on.