Sneezing rabbit, what should I do?
by Rabbit Farm Hobby
Hello, I purchased 3 rabbits from one breeder all from different parents, one of them sneezes, no white or yellow mucus. I had kept them quarantined for 4 weeks before adding them to my other rabbits. One of the rabbits I got from (same place) just had kits she is doing good, no sneezing.
Can it be dust from the hay when I add it into the feeders and cages that makes my boy sneeze? I only notice him sneezing when I do that or when he is outside in the play yard (dirt, flyaway fine dirt, powdery). I live in a very dry state. We got maybe a drop of rain in the last 6 months. I added hay and straw in the play area to help settle down the dirt. Can I hose off the timothy hay that I feed them to help the sneezing? Or do I have a bigger problem on my hands? What is your opinion? I clean out the barn every day and once a week every cage gets washed with bleach water and sun dried.
The only picture I have of him is on YouTube. His name is Ford and is too young to breed. Can I also have permission to post a link to your page to my YouTube channel it is very useful. Thank you for have this here. Enjoy your day.***** Karen Sez *****
It’s very difficult to make any sort of a diagnosis from here, but since you asked for my opinion, I’ll offer an opinion.
According to your descriptions, it does sound like the problems may be environmental, which is good news. Dust certainly does prompt a rabbit to sneeze, and that sneeze will probably sound quite dry. If, however, you see white or yellow snot, or a persistently runny or moist nose (even in the evenings when the temps cool down), then you may wish to get a proper veterinary diagnosis.
I suspect that your cleaning regimen is a bit of overkill. Do you notice that the daily barn cleaning makes the air dusty around the rabbits? Try cleaning the barn once a week and see if that reduces the sneezing ...or not. Plus what if you cut back on the cage bleaching to once a month? Cleanliness is very important with rabbits, but it’s not like you need a sterile environment.
Hosing off the hay might reduce the dust, however I’d worry about the possibility of mold developing in pockets of residual moisture. What about using a blow dryer on cold to sort of dust off the hay? (Just trying to think out loud...!) I’d be interested in learning how Ford is doing – whether he outgrew his sneezing, or whether he actually got sick.
And yes, feel free to post a link to Raising-Rabbits.com on your YouTube channel, glad you appreciate this website. :-)