My rabbit was family he just died I am so sad
My rabbit Danny was a dutch bunny he lived inside in his hutch plus he loved to go outside and bounce round the back yard. He was going to be a year old this year. He would occasionally sneeze but I thought nothing of it as he did that when we got him from the farm.
But on Saturday this week he didn't want to go out of the cage and when I picked him up he just was like a doll and didn't move a lot. He had gooey stuff in his eye so I bathed it for him but it was like he had no energy. He nibbled a little carrot.
On Sunday he didn't look much better so I bathed his eye again but he had trouble moving around and I had to get him a pillow as he couldn't keep his head up. I was going to take him to the vet Monday morning but he died. I am so sad crying as I write this.
Do you know what he had as he was so healthy and I loved him so much. I did notice when he passed away he had yellow stuff up his nose. Could've I done more? I loved him like a baby. What was wrong with him? Please help me understand.***** Karen Sez *****
So sorry Janine. You're describing a very sick rabbit that succumbed rapidly to a powerful germ. You would need a necropsy (animal autopsy) from a vet to determine the true cause of death.
You didn't mention every last symptom of myxomatosis, but you said enough to put this very bad disease at the top of my list of suspects. It is also possible that your rabbit had an underlying Pasteurella or Bordetella infection, though the role this would have played in the death of your rabbit is unclear.
Sounds to me like you did all you could do. A fulminating case of myxo doesn't leave you with many options, to be sure.
People who have other rabbits should keep them quarantined for a few weeks to determine whether they will also get sick.
I hope you will obtain another rabbit when the pain softens. If you do, you might be sure to vaccinate it against myxomatosis. Consult with rabbit breeders or your vet about this, and about how best to disinfect your rabbit's hutch and yard spaces so a new rabbit won't die of the same thing. Here's the website of New Zealand's national rabbit club: http://www.rabbits-nz.co.nz/
, in case you need a starting point.