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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.

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Dear Karen,

More often than not, problems like what you describe are due to dental problems.  Please see:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/dental.html

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/sneezing.html

and

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/weepy.pdf

The last one is about runny eyes, but the causes of runny eyes and nostril are usually related.  You may be able to find a more experienced rabbit vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

Finally, here's a paper your vet might find useful and interesting for a case like this:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/rabbit_dental.pdf

Hope this helps.

Dana  

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

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Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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