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HelloI have two rabbits (brothers)we have health problems

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I have two rabbits (brothers)
we have health problems with one
first he became depressed not wanting
to come out of his hutch
Then all of a sudden he had problems with his
front paws it was as if he could not feel them
patting them when he wanted to lay down he
also seem to have a problem with his bladder
the latest is he has no use of his legs, has diarrhia
which yesterday cleared up but since then he has had
it again overnight yesterday he drank quite a lot then stoppped
he does not want any this morning he's eating but just can't get up
I have taken him to the vets loads of times over the past few
months and have seen four vets in all they have no answers they
have put him and his brother on worming medicine then they put him
on METACAM but they don't seem to know the answer please help
his brother and myself are fantic
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
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Expert:  Vet replied 3 years ago.

Hi there, It's always hard to come to a diagnosis remotely, but from your description it sounds like your rabbits might have been infected by a bug called E. cuniculi. This is a parasite that attacks the nervous system and is spread by the urine. Treatment can be attempted with a wormer-type drug, but is seldom successful. I'm sorry to have to tell you this. What you can do is offer supportive treatment to try to maximise their chances of recovery. Keep them in a clean, warm environment and regularly wipe away any urine or faeces from their fur. Offer water and fresh grass all the time, but they may take better to a fine oat porridge made with water (e.g. Ready Brek in the UK). Your vet may also be able to supply you with a syringeable recovery diet and some syringes. Recovery may take a matter of many weeks, so be prepared. Lastly, the bug is spread readily between rabbits and to humans also, especially children, so take all hygienic precautions when handling them, and don't share cages or equipment with any other rabbits unless it is thoroughly washed. All the best to you. Vet Andrew