Saturday, October 15, 2005

EC turns out to be ear infection

Dingle recently visited another vet for a toe amputation (she damaged her toe while rolling). While at the vet she had an xray on her head to see what caused the head tilt. It turns out that it was caused originally by an inner ear infection. Unfortunately, the treatment that we provided in the early days for a suspected EC did absolutely nothing to fix this infection. If Dingle had received penicillin injections from day 1, she may have made an improvement. So the moral of the story is that if your bunny gets a head tilt, ask for all possible treatments - pain killers, penicillin injections, panacur (for EC), Baytril (antibiotic) and ask the vet to look into further research and updates on these conditions.

Recent research results in the US have suggested that dwarf rabbits are more susceptible to EC with 80% of head tilt rabbits returning positive results. In comparison, larger rabbits with head tilt returned 0% positive results for EC, suggesting they had contracted a head tilt in another way.