Seizure, now eye issue

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LatchawBriarPatch

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Hi,
I'm a meat breeder so I am deciding if I need to dispatch this animal or if it is a simple issue to save him.
8 days ago he was having a seizure when I went out to feed him. An hour or two later he was back to normal. I read an article about using Ivermec to treat E.C
So I used Ivermection which I believe has the same main ingredient as Ivermec to treat my buck. It said treat again on the 7th day. I used a small pea sized amount rubbed into his ears both times.
This morning he isn't eating, drinking, or moving a ton. And has a large cloudy spot in his eye that isn't going away when he blinks.
He also has been having a lot of fur chain links in his poop, and seems to be molting for forever.
Did I just overdose my rabbit? Is this final eye thing a symptom of something worse? Is he just fine and I'm imagining things, or is something wrong with my rabbit?
I'm not sure I will ever want to breed him again incase whatever he has is hereditary. And I don't think he would make anyone a good pet if I'm not sure he is healthy. What are my options?
Thank you.
 

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What type of rabbit is he ? Does he have the vienna gene?
 

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This poor guy.... he wasn't this bad off last week. I've deep cleaned his cage and am dealing with the sore hocks now. The eye cleared up with camomile. What is going on with him? 20220620_225010.jpg
 

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The only thing I could suggest is to clean and sanitize his environment. Thing that comes to mind is parasites. Are your other r babies good? How does his lung sound? Can you feel his heart rate ? Is it similar to your other rabbits? How is his hydration? ( pin his skin in a tent and it should go down immediately. If his skin is slow to go back down or stays up then he's dehydrated)
 

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Vienna gene does not necessarily mean blue eyes. I tried looking up if Rex rabbits VC but couldn't find anything. Hopefully you know or somebody else can offer more insight.

I found this article Information on the Vienna Gene - Home

"Epilepsy / Seizures in BEWs



There are breeders who want to claim that epilepsy/seizures no longer exists in BEWs, that it has been bred out. That's just not true. In every single bloodline I acquired when starting with BEW Netherland Dwarfs I found epilepsy/seizures. It has been my experience breeders

don't like to talk about it. Lets face it no one wants to be the breeder to have others say "Oh their rabbits have seizures/epilepsy" but, the fact is it

happens. I have seen it in BEWs, VMs, and VC and no some of these animals were not inbreed at all. Some came from totally different lines. I have seen it happen more often in BEWs than VMs (this could also be because we produce more BEWs than VMs) and I have seen it in does more than bucks. I also believe that seizures are not limited to BEW NDs, as I have had people tell me that it has happened with their NDs and where there was no BEW in them."

Ivermectin should be used with caution when using on a vienna gene animal
 
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Ivermectin overdose can cause temporary paralysis, give him a few days to see if he recovers from it. For the fur on his poops, that's a common ailment in angoras, easy treatment: lots of fiber, and pineapple if you have it. If they're not eating but are drinking, replace water with pineapple juice until they eat again. Oat milk will also help some.
 

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I had not considered his pedagree....he has no BEW on his pedegree. But he is highly line bred....definitely not above the 15 mark that means major issues. Mostly blues and opals with a chocolate way back. He has an extensive pedegree. He is back to eating and drinking. I layered his cage with hay after discovering he had sore hocks yesterday. He was sooooo happy! Digging, burrowing, munching along.... one happy bunny inspite of his crazy fun and ouchy feet. I'm going to give him a month to recover and see if that puts him back to rights. He has a lovely stinker butt attitude that just makes him an endearing little guy.
I realized it had been since March since I trimmed his nails. Opps!
So if that was the main stressor that caused all the reat of this crazy....maby he is ok to keep? I dont know.
 

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I found these interesting articles about seizures and cloudy eyes last night but couldn't get back on rabbittalk.





I so glad to hear your bunny is returning to normal!! I hope he makes a full recovery
 

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Thank you all for your help. I realized that it didn't matter what caused his seizure and following issues, I didn't want to use him as my main herd buck anymore. So he made his way to freezer camp. He was my first rabbit I've butchard. And it went ok. His lungs and liver were clean.
 
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