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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Itchy ear

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    • auntie
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        My Lionhead which is mixed with Rex has been scratching his ear and shaking his head afterwards but not for very long.

        I just had his nails trimmed because they were really long so i thought he scratched himself too hard and hurt himself. When I gently pat behind that ear he acts like it hurts,

         

        I took my flashlight from my phone today and looked in his ear and there is blackish stuff  in there and it looks soar.
        I called my vet and they recommended I take a q-tip with peroxide on it and try to see if that helps he really didn’t let me.

        I have made an appointment for this Friday to take him in.

        in the mean time what are your thoughts on using olive oil?

        I have attached some photos of my rabbits ear. Hopefully you can see what I am referring to. You may have to zoom in

         

        also it’s only 1 ear that is the problem


      • DanaNM
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          That looks like it could be the start of ear mites. It can be very painful so I would not recommend trying to remove anything. Best to wait till Friday and get the mite treatment from your vet. Standard treatments are topical ivermectin or selamectin based products, such as Revolution.

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        • auntie
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            How would he get ear mites when he is an indoor bunny.

            We have 2 other bunnies downstairs and completely away from him with no contact.

            Is the treatment expensive

             


          • DanaNM
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              Sometimes they can have them and not have symptoms for a long time, or it could have come from the other buns, it’s very contagious.

              No, the treatment is not expensive, they will likely have you just treat all of your buns with Revolution.

              I am not a vet, so I’m not saying it’s 100% ear mites. Just saying it looks like it could be, so I wouldn’t attempt to remove the crusts until a vet looks at it. If it is in fact ear mites, removing the crusts is very painful for the rabbit and shouldn’t be done (they fall off naturally once the mites are killed).

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            • LBJ10
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                Topical treatments are relatively inexpensive. But yes, you’ll probably want to be proactive and treat all your bunnies. Ear mites can be transferred by other materials, they don’t necessarily have to have direct contact.

                It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but I agree that it looks like it could be ear mites. Regardless, I would not try to remove the crusts.

                 

                PSA – Do not use any products containing fipronil. Although effective against parasites, it is toxic to rabbits.


              • auntie
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                  Thank you all.

                  I checked my other rabbits ears and didn’t see anything. Also they are not itching their ears.

                  I feel so bad because I can tell he is hurting 😞


                • auntie
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                    Okay so the vet confirmed my baby bunny did in fact have ear mites in his right ear.

                    My poor bunny had quite the weekend. I put his carrier with him in it on the vet table and when the vet opened the carrier he freaked out jumped out of the carrier and he and the carrier went flying in the air and they landed upside down on the floor. Thank goodness my bunny didn’t get hurt. The vet stepped out of the room for my bunny to calm down.mi then picked him up put him back in the carrier. The vet tried looking at his ear but my bunny wouldn’t allow and the vet was concerned my bunny would hurt himself. So my bunny end up getting fixed a month early in order for the vet to look at his ear.
                    the vet did give him revolution. I also treated the other 2.  I have to for 10 days put drops (antibiotics) in his right ear twice a day and it’s not fun

                     

                    than you all for the information


                  • DanaNM
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                      Oh my goodness! Poor little guy, that is very lucky he wasn’t injured in that fall!

                      Wishing him an uneventful recovery!

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                    • Bam
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                        Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt! Your vet seems understanding though, that is great.

                        It’s not fun at all to have to medicate a bun. His ear is probably tender and painful now which makes him hate the drops extra. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in quickly so the drops don’t hurt so much when you apply them.

                         


                      • auntie
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                          I felt so bad 😞

                          my bunny has hissed at me, growled, lunged at me and bit me the evening that I got him home and had to do a 2nd round of drops. He also got mad at me Sunday. Yesterday was a struggle but today not so bad.
                          After I give him the drops I give him a treat so that way he will hopefully remember that after he gets his drops he gets a treat.

                           


                        • Bam
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                            They can really be very difficult!

                            Putting up a fight is considered a good sign though, a bun that just sits there and takes his meds is a bit of an observandum (unless the bun is a particularly sweet bun or chronically ill. Chronically ill buns eventually learn to take meds and can be quite cooperative after a while).

                            Poor little guy! Maybe you could ask for some meloxicam (anti inflammatory pain med) if it seems the drops hurt him very much. But if he just hates being restrained and handled, pain meds wouldd probably not make a difference.

                            A treat after is a good idea. A treat before can also be a good idea, because if he is willing to take one, eating it could be calming.


                          • auntie
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                              Okay I’ll try giving him a treat before and after.

                              thank yo all again for suggestions, information, and get wells


                            • DanaNM
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                                Poor little guy. And yes to treats! I always reserve the extra special “high value” treats (like tiny pieces of dried strawberries or cranberries) for after particularly hated things, like nail trims or giving meds!

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                              • LBJ10
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                                  Aww, poor thing! It’s hard to know if the ear drops are hurting him. Sometimes they just REALLY dislike the feeling of something going in their ear. I agree that high value treats are the way to make it better.


                                • auntie
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                                    My little guy is all better now!

                                     

                                    no more mites and he has been fixed.


                                  • Wick & Fable
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                                      That’s so great to know! Thanks for updating.

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