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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.
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Hi Teodora

Sorry to hear your bun is unwell :(

For starters, almost no medication is officially licenced for rabbits. This is just how the veterinary world works at the moment, it's down to the vet understanding rabbits and the medication to make good decisions on treatment. The most well known anti biotic used for rabbits is most commonly called Baytril, ask your vet for that. I've not heard of Tercef.

Give her straight water, lemon won't fix anything. No good her being dehydrated. Make sure she has access to both hay and water. True watery diarrhoea needs vet attention. But if she's just over producing malformed cecal poops that's just most likely due to the operation and shock, still needs vet attention but not as life threatening as true diarrhoea.

Sadly vets can be a bit hit and miss when trying to find one that really "gets" rabbits. Maybe try and find vet number 3? You need an exotic qualified vet who is genuinely confident in rabbit care and welfare. They are out there, but take some hunting down!!

Good luck!
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