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Persistent RI symptoms?

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Posted by: Whyte_Rabbit at Sun Apr 25 18:33:54 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Whyte_Rabbit ]  
   

I'll apologize in advance for the long story, but I'm trying to include as much detail as I can.

I have a rescued 3yr old female BRB that I've been nursing since I picked her up mid-March. She was extremely dehydrated and underweight on first meeting, retained eyecaps and shed on her head. We thought we lost her on the way home in the car... was sleeping with her mouth agape, and making rasping noises on inhale. No mucos, discharge or cough. Just that persistent "snarfling" inhale... when she does it she looks almost like a toad croaking, the pouch of skin under her jaw puffing up as she breathes occasionally. Her tank setup: temps and ambient humidity fluctuate between 75-80, waterbowl for soaking, damp hide and dry hide on 3" of cypress mulch. Her symptoms subsided a bit once she settled in, but still there. Got her to a vet a few days later (delay due to blizzard), we found some redness deep in her throat, more like broken blood vessels. The decision was made to treat her for RI regardless. Shots every 3 days for 12 doses (blanking on the name of the medicine, I know it was a broad spectrum.) Finally got a good shed and a fecal; still "snarfling" occasionally, but marked improvement. She's gained 100g in 8 weeks, almost to 500g now. Still tiny for a 3 yr old. One adult mouse weekly, no powerfeeding here. Fecal came back with hookworms, so now on a Panacur regimen for 8 weeks. Have a call into my vet again regarding the symptoms returning.

Has anyone had experience with these RI symptoms? I'm pretty sure the vet's going to want to get a culture of whatever's brewing in there. This lil gal has been a trooper through it all, great disposition and even getting some spunk back! Hoping we can get to the bottom of this all. Any input is appreciated!

Thanks!

Tonya & Cassie
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