Cushings disease

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MariasAnimalShelter
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Cushings disease

Postby MariasAnimalShelter » 07 Nov 2016 16:10

Does anyone know if rabbits can get Cushings disease.
Two rex brothers have come into the shelter, one black and the other is brown. On arrival it looked like the brown rex had lost weight as he was very wrinkly and looked like an old man.
When i went to vaccinate them with the combi vaccine, the black one was fine but there was no way that the the needle would go into the other one, the skin is just too thick. This thick skin is all over the body.
After consulting with the vet, we have decided not to do a biopsy. The rex is happy and it does not bother him at all. The vet administered the vaccine, she had to use a completely different needle to do this.
Has anyone ever had a rabbit that sounds like this. :-?

Apache
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Re: Cushings disease

Postby Apache » 08 Nov 2016 08:59

I only have experience of cushings in horses, and that manifests with low immune system, lethargy, weightloss and metabolic disorders.

I've not heard of the skin being affected by thickening.

Sorry - that probably isn't too helpful.

MariasAnimalShelter
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Re: Cushings disease

Postby MariasAnimalShelter » 10 Nov 2016 14:12

Yes, i think with horses there are different symptoms than with dogs. i know guineas can get cushing's disease and with dog's the skin thickens.
It looks like Peter's problem will remain a mystery. :-?

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Re: Cushings disease

Postby sdf76 » 11 Nov 2016 10:42

MariasAnimalShelter wrote:Yes, i think with horses there are different symptoms than with dogs. i know guineas can get cushing's disease and with dog's the skin thickens.
It looks like Peter's problem will remain a mystery. :-?


I know Frances Harcourt-Brown has retired now but she still retains an interest in rabbits and has much experience in unusual cases. It might be worth contacting her? either on her facebook or through your vet?
sue :)
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Hunnybunny2007
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Re: Cushings disease

Postby Hunnybunny2007 » 13 Nov 2016 19:27

I'm sorry I've nothing to add to help you :( but please keep us informed of any updates on his health :)
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MariasAnimalShelter
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Re: Cushings disease

Postby MariasAnimalShelter » 15 Nov 2016 12:59

Oh yes, i forgot about Frances. Went to one of her talks 2 years ago in Harrogate. If she replies to me i will let you know what she says. Thank you. :)

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Re: Cushings disease

Postby mini lop1 » 01 Dec 2016 18:20

MariasAnimalShelter wrote:Oh yes, i forgot about Frances. Went to one of her talks 2 years ago in Harrogate. If she replies to me i will let you know what she says. Thank you. :)


never heard of it in bunnies but rabbits yes, I once had a rabbit whose skin seemed aliitle thicker and he flinched at every vaccination


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