Question My 5 year old bunny, Harley, has a stuffy, runny nose, just the right nostril, clear discharge for a couple of months now. We have had him to the vets numerous times. They have taken several head and full body x-rays and a culture of his discharge, everything looked OK. He has been on, not all at once, Metacam 1.5 ml once a day, Atarax 10 mg 2 times a day, SMZ 2 ml 2 times a day and Baytril 136 mg, 1/4 tablet twice a day. He gets a little better then not. He is eating as usual and somewhat active. The vets don't know what else to do. Occasionally I have sprayed saline solution in his nostril. His vet and I are frustrated.
Answer Dear Karen,
More often than not, problems like what you describe are due to dental problems. Please see:
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