rabbit mastitis?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Akane, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    I also posted this to rabbittalk forum so if you are seeing it twice it's not just in your head.

    Yuki has not been feeding her kits well despite always feeling lumpy. Today they seemed even hungrier than before and so I flipped yuki over to try putting a kit on her. The kit didn't seem to be able to get anything despite yuki having 2 large lumps. I started feeling around and the 2 lumps are very very hard. I cannot squish them or move them at all. I tried to take a pic but it was hard to get the camera far enough way to not wash out the pic with the flash.

    You can see the pink that is the lump just below my fingers and the nipple is at the top in the black spot of fur

    Normal or not normal?
  2. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    It does sound like mastitis, or maybe cysts or both. I've personally only treated it in goats and humans. Not sure if you're looking for tx options, too, but here's the rabbit Merck link to it: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/171320.htm, although some rabbit books say it can sometimes be treated successfully if caught early just like goats...with injections of antibiotics, stripping, and hot packs 3-4x daily, and with the kits removed for hand feeding since it's highly contagious. Sorry about your bun and I hope it all works out ok.

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