As a rabbit owner, you may be fearful of the first sign of an ear infection. Rabbits have delicate ears that can easily be injured or damaged by foreign objects inserted into them. And unlike human beings, rabbits cannot speak for themselves and let us know if their ears are hurting. That’s why it’s important to follow your vet’s instructions exactly when treating a rabbit ear infection, no more and no less than what has been prescribed. If your vet does not want to prescribe Baytril, ask for an alternative treatment. If the only alternative is surgery to remove the infected part of the ear canal, weigh everything carefully before making your decision.

Baytril is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is used for the treatment of bacterial infections in rabbits. It is not recommended for use in humans, and should be avoided by pregnant women. It is usually given to rabbits in the form of an injection that should be administered under the skin (subcutaneous) or intramuscularly.

Get a prescription for Baytril (some vets refuse to prescribe it, because many vets believe it is too toxic for long-term use)

The first thing you should do is talk to your veterinarian about the best way to treat your rabbit’s infected ears. If they won’t prescribe Baytril for whatever reason, here are some other things you can do:

  • Ask for a payment plan if you don’t have money.
  • Don’t use home remedies like vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on your rabbit’s ears, because these solutions can damage them and cause scarring that could result in permanent hearing loss.

Mix the Baytril with water until you have a runny consistency.

If you have a syringe or eyedropper, use it to mix the Baytril with some water until you have a runny consistency. It’s important to do this twice a day for 10 days to ensure that your rabbit is getting all of the medication they need. You can also use an eyedropper or syringe to administer this mixture into their ears by gently pushing it down into their ear canal. Make sure that you keep them upright so that none of the Baytril runs out of their ears before it has been absorbed by their skin on the inside of their ears

Using a large eyedropper or syringe squirt the mixture into both ears.

Using a large eyedropper or syringe, squirt the mixture into both ears. Make sure the consistency is runny. If you’re unsure if it’s runny enough, try dripping some water on top of the head (just above where the ear meets) to see if it drips off or stays put. If it doesn’t drip off then your mixture should be fine.

Gently droop your rabbit’s head to make sure that Baytril gets all over inside his/her ear and behind their ear drum too. Use this method at your own discretion; there are many different home remedies on how to treat an infected rabbit’s ears, but internet forums are full of suggestions and we all know there is no harm in trying multiple things before giving up hope.

Massage the base of each ear.

Massage the base of each ear. Massage gently so you don’t push the Baytril into your rabbit’s ear canal. You want to make sure that the Baytril gets all over the inside of your rabbit’s ear, including behind his or her eardrum. Massage for 30 seconds, then stop and check to see if there’s any liquid coming out of either of your rabbit’s ears. If there is not any liquid coming out after massaging for 30 seconds, massage for one minute more. Repeat until enough liquid comes out to ensure that your pet has received an adequate dose of Baytril

Droop the rabbit’s head and keep massaging gently to ensure the Baytril gets all over the inside of the ear, including behind the ear drum.

You will need to apply the Baytril carefully to ensure that it reaches the entire inside of your rabbit’s ear.

To do this:

  • Hold your rabbit’s head gently and with one hand, gently pull their ear flaps back so you can see inside their ears. If they struggle too much or become fearful and try to bite you, stop what you are doing! You’ll be able to give them a treat or two later on if they cooperate by staying still while you apply the medication but don’t push them too far if they’re struggling.
  • With a cotton swab or Q-tip (or other similar device), gently massage around their ears until all visible signs of wax are gone from each flap (both inner and outer). Use caution not to insert anything into their ear canal any further than necessary; just enough so that any visible gunk comes out easily with gentle massaging motions along both sides of each flap at once.

Use this method at your own discretion. The internet is full of suggestions for home remedies — but we all know that rabbit ears are delicate and can easily be damaged by foreign bodies inserted in them. It’s best to find a vet who will prescribe Baytril for you if your rabbit has an infection. If you don’t have money, ask for a payment plan

We’re not doctors, so we can’t offer any medical advice. However, if your rabbit has an ear infection, we’d recommend using this method at your own discretion. The internet is full of suggestions for home remedies — but we all know that rabbit ears are delicate and can easily be damaged by foreign bodies inserted in them. It’s best to find a vet who will prescribe Baytril for you if your rabbit has an infection. If you don’t have money, ask for a payment plan before going under the knife; after all, what’s one more bill on top of all the others?

Give your rabbit a few days to recover before using a Q-Tip to clean out the wax and pus from its ear canal; it may struggle at first but should eventually get used to having its head held still while you work on it.

Conclusion

Baytril is the most effective treatment for ear infections in rabbits. It’s a powerful antibiotic that works well against the bacteria that causes ear infections in rabbits. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to treat your rabbit’s ear infection, you can try this method at home with some success. The rabbit will be prone to more infections until it’s old enough to have its ears dewaxed by a vet and better cared for overall.

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