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My rabbit has diarrhea from 2 days. Is is female, 8 months old. I was giving her antibiotics prescribed by a vet, because her eye was operated. The name of the antibiotic was Tercef. 10 days have passed since the last antibiotic and while the treatment she was eating less than normal. When I took her to another vet today he told me that this antibiotic is not made for rabbits and it is poisonous for rabbits because it kills the bacteria in their intestines. He told me that there is no particular medicine for this and that I can put lemon juice to her water. Please tell me what else can I do to help my rabbit get back to normal. She has lost weight and I can not just wait and see what will happen. I gave her water with lemon but she refuses to drink, although the lemon water doesn't seems like a cure to me. Please give me advice what to do.
Thank you!

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Dear Teodora,

Lemon juice will not help, but activated charcoal suspended in water and given orally might help adsorb bacterial toxins that could be causing these problems.  Cephalosporins are not ideal for rabbits, but are generally not as bad as oral penicillins.

If you can get your bunny some loperamide to help stop the diarrhea, and ask the vet for help with supportive care such as subcutaneous fluids to keep her hydrated, it will help a great deal.

Also, if you can get cecotropes from a healthy rabbit and get her to swallow them, this will help re-establish a healthy flora.

STOP giving the Tercef now, if you have not already done so.

The problem you are facing now is one that is also common in baby bunnies handled incorrectly:  intestinal dysbiosis.  The following protocol might help:

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

Please share this with your vets and get all the help you can to get your bunny back on her feet.  Be sure to monitor her body temperature:

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

I hope she will be okay.

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.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

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.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

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

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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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