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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Bunny making choking noises

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    • Sterling
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        My bunny Quincy, who I have had for almost 8 years and she is probably at least 9 or 10, has for the past year or two been making choking noises when she drinks water. Not every time I don’t think, but most times. It almost sounds like she’s coughing water back up or something. However, she’s started making these noises even when she’s not drinking. She’ll just be loafing around and suddenly make a choking/coughing type noise that sounds… wet. Does anyone have any ideas what this could be?


      • LBJ10
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          Hmm… could she be aspirating when she drinks?


        • Sterling
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            I honestly have no idea. When she does it it’s only once or twice and then she’s good. I’ve brought it up with two different vets and neither seemed concerned but now it’s happening more frequently and I don’t have any idea what it could be, especially since she’s doing it while not even drinking now.


          • Sterling
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              I should add that she’s doing really well otherwise. Great appetite, no weight loss, lots of energy. You’d never guess she’s as old as she is. I’m not sure if this is something I should be super concerned about.


            • Wick & Fable
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                I think w/ this being concerning the throat/neck muscles and potentially respiratory issues, unless you spend the resources to do some imaging, we will unlikely be able to pinpoint an answer. I recommend another vet visit considering the increased frequency and discuss what diagnostic testing may be informative. There could be something lodged/lingering somewhere in the respiratory system or perhaps something is manifesting and causing irritation.

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              • LBJ10
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                  Yeah, it does sound like something is wrong, but it would be hard for us to guess. I’m just speculating here. My thought would be something is going on with her ability to swallow. Or she aspirated something already and this is somehow connected. Again, that is just me speculating. I agree with Wick that you should talk to your vet to see if there are tests that would be affordable, informative, and not too stressful. Considering her age, it may not be worth doing a bunch of extensive testing, especially if the outcome will be the same. However, if this is something as simple as aspiration (and subsequent pneumonia), then a vet may prescribe an antibiotic.

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