Today’s case is an 8 year old female spayed rabbit who presents with dyspnea, open mouth breathing, and nasal discharge. What’s your interpretation?
There are bronchial and alveolar infiltrates bilaterally in the dependent portions of the lungs. The caudal lung lobes appear hyperinflated with flattening of the diaphragm. The heart and pulmonary vasculature are not well identified. The right 8th and 9th ribs are fractured.
Results of nasal swab culture:
- Direct smear: moderate numbers poly’s & gram (-) rods.
- Culture: moderate numbers Pasteurella sp. and small numbers E. coli.
- Anaerobic culture: large numbers mixed growth
Case originally posted on October 16, 2009