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My rabbit is 5 years old and recently become withdrawn and lost weight. The back lags seem semi paralysed with urine stains. She has diagnosed with ecuniculi and renal failure. Our vet has prescribed panacur which she has been on for a few days. We were wondering whether metacam would be a possibility here? From reading the threads on various sites it does seem to work so we tried a small drop and within an hour she seemed to perk up and wax brighter. Interestingly enough, she is eating as she always has done. My question on metacam was provoked due to its suitability in the face of the kidney situation.

Can you please let me know your thoughts as the metacam did seem miraculous!

Thanks,

Tom

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Dear Tom,

Anything that reduces her pain is going to make her perk up.  But I think using metacam for a bunny in renal failure is likely to speed her decline, since this class of drugs reduces blood flow to the kidneys and hence reduces the already-compromised organs' ability to filter toxins from the body.

I would ask the vet about trying Tramadol, a synthetic opioid that will not affect her kidneys adversely.  It might give her good pain management and not harm her.

I 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:
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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

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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

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