your rabbit has torticollis or wry neck unfortuantly hes at the point were his chance of survival is slim, there is no cure for it
he will start rolling over and doing *flips* the best thing for him is to have him put down
here is the signs of it
The rabbit will tilt his head down on the side that is affected. The onset may be gradual, or come about suddenly. In severe cases, the rabbit may be incoordinated, roll, move in circles, or be unable to stand. Depending upon the cause, some rabbits will shake their heads, lose their appetite (anorexia), become lethargic and depressed, develop deafness, or have nystagmus in which the eyes move rapidly from side-to-side or up-and-down. Rabbits may become nauseated, in which case they generally will not eat, and may salivate excessively or grind their teeth. There may also be facial paralysis if various nerves are also involved. In these cases, the ear may droop. Signs may also include a drooping lip, drooling, sunken eye, loss of a blink reflex, and the third eyelid may cover a portion of the eye.
To better understand the signs, it helps to understand the anatomy of the ear and how it relates to the nerves and brain. The external ear is the visible portion of the ear and includes the first portion of the ear canal. The midde ear includes the tympanic membrane (ear drum), tympanic cavity which is surrounded by the bony tympanic bulla, the eustachian tube, 3 small bones including the stapes, and the tympanic nerve. The inner ear includes the cochlea, vestibule, semicircular canals, and the vestibulocochlear nerve. These organs of the inner ear make up the vestibular apparatus, which is the area of the ear that is responsible for balance and equilibrium. All that separates it from the brain is a tough membrane called the dura mater. In addition to the ear, portions of the brain are involved in the perception of hearing and balance.
Rabbit breeder for 10 years, 4H rabbit leader
· 1 decade ago