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Rabbit Sneezes A Lot

Why would a rabbit to sneeze a lot?

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP
Posted: February 27, 2010, 5 a.m. EST

Q: I have a bunny that seems to sneeze a lot, and his nose is always wet. I have eliminated all the normal suspects; bedding is not pine, aspen, cedar or anything like that. I use the pillowy stuff, forgot what it’s called, I think its a paper product. I'm pretty sure it’s not a bedding issue. Also, no other symptoms are present, like he is not lethargic. He seems to be mostly active and normal in all other ways.
A: By removing all of the usual suspects, you make the diagnosis easier! It is unlikely the diagnosis is going to be an environmental problem. That said, be sure that there are no perfumes, carpet fresheners or laundry products that could be causing your rabbit to sneeze. Also, be sure that there is good air flow around the enclosure and that the cage is cleaned routinely.

If the environment is perfect and your rabbit is still sneezing, then your rabbit has an irritation of some sort in the nasal cavity that is causing this problem. A respiratory infection of the upper respiratory tract, namely the nasal cavity, could exist even though there are no other symptoms. Also, there might be a small foreign body wedged in the nasal cavity, such as a small piece of hay or plant material.

For these reasons, it is a good idea to visit your veterinarian and make sure that there is not an infection and no foreign substance is causing this problem in your rabbit.

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can you use cat litter for rabbits? my bunny has been sneezing a lot.
kandace, Minneapolis, MN
Posted: 7/23/2013 6:54:27 AM
Very helpful, but I wonder why infections, like snuffles, are not discussed?
Kaeli, Zephyrhills, FL
Posted: 10/2/2012 6:42:59 PM
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