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We've been raising rabbits many years but I had a stroke a few years ago so only keeping the few older bunnies we still have (trying to remember what I used to know for helping the bunnies with illness). One of them had wry neck this morning so of course we isolated her and unfortunately no vet is open today. Been feeding her goldenseal and chamomile and dandelion tea to help with infection and relaxation. My daughter is gone for a dewormer too so we can add that to the mix just in case. Any other ideas would be appreciated. She is 6 years old but still seems perky even though this is going on. She hasn't eaten much either but has eaten her oats.
 

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Wry Neck by itself isn't a big danger. I've had a rabbit named Whilber who's had it since he was a week old (He's about two-three years old now) and the worst thing is that needed help cleaning when he would spray (He doesn't anymore)
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the thing you need to figure out is WHY she has a tilt neck. Is it from E. Cunniculi or from a deep ear infection? They require different methods of treatment. And while you are trying to figure it out you need to make sure she's not contagious to other rabbits.
 

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I have isolated her from the other bunnies just to be on the safe side. Because no vet is available for the weekend I have given her goldenseal and chamomile and dandelion tea to help with infection and relaxation (all herbs I've used often for infections and stress). My daughter brought home a dewormer called fenbendazole and I adjusted the weight measurement for my bunny and tonight a few hours later she is more active and eating a little more. Not sure which worked but I am happy she seems better. Thanks all for the info. I will be touching base with the vet on Monday anyway to perhaps draw blood and see what else needs to be done. Also, giving the other bunnies the same meds in smaller doses (maintenance doses) just to be on the safe side. :)
 

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If you have ivermecton on hand you can put some on her to kill mites. Coconut oil, a few drops in her ears will suffocate mites every day for 2 days then evey other day for a week then every month to keep mite free. Ivermecton acts faster but it only lasts a few days. I'm glad you will be taking her to a vet. We purchased a 6 week old tamook who held his head that way and stared off to the side. Took him to the vet and it was a deep ear infection of mites. He recovered just fine but still stares off sometimes.
 

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If you have ivermecton on hand you can put some on her to kill mites. Coconut oil, a few drops in her ears will suffocate mites every day for 2 days then evey other day for a week then every month to keep mite free. Ivermecton acts faster but it only lasts a few days. I'm glad you will be taking her to a vet. We purchased a 6 week old tamook who held his head that way and stared off to the side. Took him to the vet and it was a deep ear infection of mites. He recovered just fine but still stares off sometimes.
She doesn't appear to have mites but there is a wax build up and so we are giving her Goldenseal as an herbal antibiotic (it's good for rabbits) and the fenbendazole for dewormer is supposed to help with all parasites (we make sure there's a couple hours in-between so there's no interaction/ shouldn't be anyway but just in case). I do have olive oil and coconut oil on hand so I can use that for her ears. Thank you. Seems the vet here knows nothing about bunnies. They didn't see any mites though. I don't think they look very well as my bunny was moving about a lot and wouldn't be still. :). She does seem perkier today though.
 

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Sounds like you are doing everything you can. I would still put the coconut oil drops in her ears, they can be way down in the ear drum and the drops will suffacate them. Heavy ear wax may be an indication. It is a good thing to do once a month anyway to keep their ears clear.
 

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If you have ivermecton on hand you can put some on her to kill mites. Coconut oil, a few drops in her ears will suffocate mites every day for 2 days then evey other day for a week then every month to keep mite free. Ivermecton acts faster but it only lasts a few days. I'm glad you will be taking her to a vet. We purchased a 6 week old tamook who held his head that way and stared off to the side. Took him to the vet and it was a deep ear infection of mites. He recovered just fine but still stares off sometimes
Sounds like you are doing everything you can. I would still put the coconut oil drops in her ears, they can be way down in the ear drum and the drops will suffacate them. Heavy ear wax may be an indication. It is a good thing to do once a month anyway to keep their ears clear.
Thanks for the info for putting the oil in the ears. We actually opted for the olive oil as it was the best quality we had on hand. Wow, the bunny that has been ill seems ok today where her ears are concerned but her mother had mega wax build up in her ears and I think she was in pain. I originally thought she was getting a cold but after clearing her ears last night and today and putting oil in them her eyes are a lot more calm and clear. I feel so bad that she was probably in pain for a few days. Anyway, thank you all for the help. I am much more optimistic about their recovery from this point. Going to put oil in the ears tomorrow too so it will be two solid days and then every other for a couple weeks as advised. I haven't seen any mites yet, but do you end up seeing them? Anyway, how do they get. the mites? I keep them inside in mega cages that are 30 inches by 48 inches which is pretty big for Netherland Dwarfs I feel. Their cages are cleaned often and rarely get too messy. We have inside cats who have all their vaccinations and same with our dogs. We have no birds. Could it have come in on the feed we get from Tractor Supply I wonder. Any thoughts on this is appreciated so I can be aware and again; Thank you so much.
 

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In the photo it looks like head tilt. Is she circling or just tilting her head?
The photo is of another member's bunny they posted to show me how their bunny survived Wry neck and how well he is doing. I am hoping mine will do at least as well. She seems to be a little better but it's too early to really tell.
 

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Just an update: Only one of our bunnies is still being affected by Wry Neck. Working on massaging her neck to try and help her move it better in time. We'll see if it works. She does struggle some and has louder breathing I think because of how crooked her neck is. When we get her sitting up better she breathes just fine. Any thoughts on recovery. The meds have done their part and we got some probiotics for rabbits and vitamins to help build now. Thanks all. I was so scared and now I'm just worried for one which is still worry but reduced by 3/4ths. This forum was a blessing for this hard time. Thanks all.
 
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