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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#16  Unread postby ladysown » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:23 pm


there's a lady on the meatrabbits board who has been able to prove that snuffles is curable.
it's not cheap.
involved medications.

What we can do is bring it under control again.
BUT it's a risky venture as once one rabbit starts to snot, then it's more contagious in the virulent form.
AND uncontrolled snuffles apparently starts to eat away at the bone tissues in the nose, causes breathing issues and what not.
IF one follows excellent isolation protocols it might be possible to contain it.

OVERALL, the generally accepted wisdom is...cull them out.

For those who don't want to cull them out then... if you can get rid of the stressor (via medication or whatever) then do so, but know that that particular rabbit is susceptible to virulent outbreaks and keep them away from vulnerable rabbits.

Consider what you are breeding for and if health is a priority, then breed for health and hold to a high standard. If it's generally overall healthy rabbits that you can put on your table, the odd sneezer isn't going to compromise that IF you can bring the virulency under control. (just as for instance rabbits with poor hocks isn't going to affect your food). IF you are breeding for show animals, be kind, and DON"T sell that sniffly rabbit to someone else.. even IF it is apparently under control. Just don't do it. BE kind, be courteous, and be aware.

AT Least this is what I've gleaned from the knowledge of others. Don't take any of it as gospel truth. :)
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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#17  Unread postby Brody » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:30 pm


depends on the purpose of the rabbit (culling vs non culling)
and there is no way anyone has a sure fire cure for snuffles at this point - there are at least 2 quite different strains (and I think there might be 4) one is fatal before you even realize you have it often ... but yes with nursing care and appropriate meds it can often be controlled ...
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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#18  Unread postby Devon's Mom Lauren » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:44 am


Pasturella is a gram negative bacteria. How can rabbits carry bacteria and NOT be spreading it or sick? There are also many species of pasturella and bordatella, sometimes a swab can identify what you are dealing with. There are many antibiotics available to use for bacterial infections. I personally would prefer to "flip" those percentage numbers around! (some have it not most)Snuffles usually develops a lower repiratory infection as it progresses (pneumonia)causing the rabbit to breathe loudly making a "snuffling noise" as it draws air in.Some rabbits are more immune or resistant to the secondary infection some are not and do not live more than a few weeks after getting it. The ones that recover will have bacteria present for up to 6 weeks post infection. It is a good idea to cull active cases if one does not want to deal with the time and expense especially with a meat/production rabbit.

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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#19  Unread postby trinityoaks » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:56 am


Devon's Mom Lauren wrote:It is a good idea to cull active cases if one does not want to deal with the time and expense especially with a meat/production rabbit.

So it's ok to process a rabbit for human consumption even when it has an active case of snuffles (as long as they haven't had antibiotics in at least 30 days)? Thankfully I haven't had to deal with snuffles yet.
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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#20  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:11 pm


Snuffles does not affect the meat... and is not something people can catch.
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Re: Snuffles?

Post Number:#21  Unread postby trinityoaks » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:28 pm


MaggieJ wrote:Snuffles does not affect the meat... and is not something people can catch.

Thanks, Maggie! I figured humans couldn't catch it, but I wasn't sure about the meat.
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