Wry Neck Survey

Presented by BARBI BROWN'S BUNNIES.COM

Here are the early results from our Wry Neck survey. We certainly seem to see some patterns emerging.

Please encourage your fellow pet owners and breeders to add their experiences by filling out the survey form.

For owners who have never experienced Wry Neck we encourage you to review the symptoms in order to catch the condition early should the need arise.

SECTION 1 - General Statistics

NUMBER OF RESPONSES

54 Sex

BUCKS

DOES

not listed

WEIGHT

Breed of Rabbit:

ANGORA LOP

1

6#

CALIFORNIAN:

1

1

9#

FLEMISH GIANT:

1

1

8#

FUZZY LOP:

5

1

2

2

-1 to 1+

HOLLAND LOP:

10

6

4

2oz to 4#

HOTOT:

1

1

2#

JERSEY WOOLEY:

1

1

MINI LOP:

2

2

?

MINI REX

4

2

2

4# to 4#10

NETHERLAND DWARF: 19

24

7

16

1

-1 to over 3#

NEW ZEALAND

1

1

-1

REX

1

1

9

RHINELANDER

1

1

7#

UNKNOWN

1

1

3#

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49

18

27

4

Time of year:

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

Don't remember

14

6

10

20

4

Was more than one rabbit affected at the same time?

Yes

14

If so, how many?

1 rabbit

4

2 rabbits

7

3 rabbits

4

No

33

n/a

7

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54

Have you seen it repeat in the same blood line?

Yes

15

No

24

Don't Know

15

SECTION 2 - Precursers

Did the rabbit have any of the following conditions prior to Wry Neck?

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Lack of water (water bottle hung crooked, cracked dish etc.)

11

11

14

Does:

Was she bred?

12

9

Did she have a litter?

8

13

Did the Mother wet in the nest or on the kits?

6

4

1

Did any kits develop signs?

5

6

1

Bucks

Did he spray?

8

9

1

Was he housed next to another buck?

11

7

Above or below another buck?

3

3

with another buck  

1

Moved to new location?

11

15

Been to a show?

8

12

Been to the vet?

For surgery?

1

13

Other: please explain

Don't

Yes

No

Remember

Possibly

Exposed to other animals?

38

8

Dogs

15

4

Cats

30

1

Birds

13

6

Guinea Pigs

3

Rodents

2

29

Ferrets

1

6

Reptiles

6

Wild rabbits

1

6

Skunks

6

Other: please specify

possums, racoons, goats

22

Chinchillas

1

Don't

Yes

No

Remember

Had you changed feed recently?

4

22

22

Was weather hot?

8

16

21

Was weather cold?

18

5

23

Was weather rainy?

13

6

29

Was weather windy?

12

4

30

Controlled Temp

2

Infection? Please list type

Eye?

8

10

24

Ear?

1

15

25

Sore Hocks?

1

15

25

Open wound?

18

23

Other: please explain

Respiratory

4

Bladder sludge or infection?

1

33

6

Hutch Burn?

4

31

6

Worms?

32

6

Diarrhea?

5

21

15

Wool block or hairballs?

1

25

15

Coccidiosis?

6

13

22

Ear or fur mites?

2

18

21

Fleas?

18

23

Loss of fur?

1

18

21

Had the owner experienced any stressful situations in their life?

8

35

SECTION 3 - HOUSING

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Was rabbit in a wire cage?

52

1

Did cage have urine guards?

31

15

5

litter box

Did they have a resting board to sit on?

20

9

18

If so....

Was it solid wood?

11

5

Slotted plastic

7

Sheet rock

Rug or towel?

2

Other: please explain

1

rubber mat

NEST BOX

10

DRILLED WOOD

1

Was rabbit in plastic bottomed cage?

3

11

2

What type of bedding?

Pine

Cedar

Newspaper

OTHER:

8

3

3

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Was rabbit kept indoors? if so,

7

12

Did it have the run of the house?

3

3

Was it confined to 1 room?

6

1

Was rabbit kept outdoors? if so,

In a wooden hutch?

4

In a open pole barn?

7

In a closed building?

7

In a garage?

7

In a barn?

21

Other:

BASEMENT

1

SHED

1

hanging wire

1

SECTION 4 - DIET

Did rabbit eat the following?:

Commercial pellets:

Brand:

Oxbow

Nutrena

Poulin

Mt. View

Templeton

Purina

Heinhold

4

8

2

10

8

4

2

Agway

Manna Pro

Calf Manna

Burgess

Agrimaster

NSC

Nursing

Don't Remember

1

3

5

1

1

1

6

2

PEN PALS
1

Hay:

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Timothy

27

Alfalfa

8

Oat Hay

10

Orchard Grass

11

Wheat Hay

2

Straw

2

Hay cubes

8

Peanut Hay

4

Showbloom

1

Home Grown Hay

1

Whole grains

14

Seeds (sunflower etc.)

15

Fruits

17

Vegetables

16

FEED STORAGE:

How was feed stored?

In the bag it came in

35

Paper bag

11

Plastic or nylon bag

15

In a plastic can

36

In a metal can

3

In the refrigerator

In the freezer

Was feed container kept

Indoors?

40

Outdoors?

3

How was hay stored?

In a barn or building

42

In a barrel

18

In a bag

18

Covered with a tarp

17

SECTION 5 - SYMPTOMS

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Tilted Head

43

6

1

Darting eye (Nystygmus)

27

16

Slow movement

30

3

8

Loss of appetite

26

8

2

Weepy Eye

13

15

7

Lack of Movement

21

7

Walking in circles

27

12

2

Extreme Thirst

9

10

12

Sitting with head on floor

11

18

6

Listless

9

17

5

Agitated

9

18

2

Rolling when excited

18

19

Rolling uncontrollably

12

16

Tremors

7

15

2

Seizures

3

18

Hind quarter paralysis

9

14

2

Fore quarter paralysis

1

17

3

Huddled in corner

21

7

2

Biting in wire

2

17

2

Face pressed to cage or wall

7

12

3

Walking on tip toes

3

14

3

Uneven gait

22

7

SECTION 6 - TREATMENT

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Was treatment attempted?

44

10

Treatment performed by:

Veterinarian

8

Owner

20

Breeder, friend, associate

1

Was an ELISA titre done?

3

26

Value Reported?

1.37

3

Was titre repeated?

1

 

2

Value reported?

1.05

Were antibiotics used?

6

7

Baytril?

Liquid

7

Tablets?

6

Injectable?

8

Penicillin?

2

Dura Pen or Pen BP

14

Pen G

10

Pen Strep

Biomycin

1

Chloropalm

1

Colloidal Silver

2

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Probiotics?

1 1

Type:

yogurt

Pro-Bac Adult

+

2

Did you use the following?

Ear drops ?

17

6

Type:

Tresaderm, Gentocin, Campho Phenique, Penicillin   Aqua Mast    Synotic

Sulfa drugs?

4

Type

Corid

Trimethoprime

Sulfatrim

Copper sulfate?

Piperazine?

20

Ivomec:

Cattle 1%?

27

Pigs .27%

1

Albendazole?

6

Oxibendazole?

Mebendazole?

Oxfendazole?

Herbs? Please list:

Valerian

Golden Seal

Comfrey

Tea

2 2 1 5

Other: Please identify

Steroid

14

Phenobarb

1

NSAIDS

1

SECTION 7 - RESULTS

Yes

No

Don't Remember

Too Early to tell

Did the rabbit survive?

32

19

1

 

Duration of symptoms

1 day to 12 weeks

Was it euthanized?

3

16

Did it recover?

27

8

How long since recovery?

2 months to 3 years

If the rabbit recovered:

Was it complete?

20

12

Did it remain tilted?

9

22

Did it still walk in circles?

8

20

3

Recurred later

4