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u/DinkaAnimalLover · 9 pointsr/Rabbits

Nope not normal! Actually big big RED FLAG!

Is she eating anything else well - veggies and pellets? Try to offer food and see if he gets excited as usual... How is he acting? lethargic? Laying down more? Hunched up? How are the poops - usual size and color? usual amount?

This could be dental issues or tummy issues and both can and do lead to GI stasis! Dental issues can only be diagnosed and treated by a vet and tummy issues that lead to GI stasis are best treated ASAP as soon as you see first signs.

Do you have a RABBIT SAVVY vet? If not I'd look for one now and make an appointment just in case. You need a vet who specializes in exotic animals... best to be safe than sorry trust me.

You can monitor him carefully and see how appetite is, but what you said above is super alarming and I'd be going to the vet...

Here you can find a list of rabbit savvy vets by state:

https://rabbit.org/vet-listings/

http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Category:United_States

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In case of tummy issues there are a few things you can and need to do if for some reason you can't go to the vet right away... but honestly the vet is still critical.

To help your bunny you need a few things now (aside from the vet) -​

  1. BABY gas drops - those are 100% safe and can be given anytime a tummy feels gassy (kind of hard vs squishy as usual). They really work and case save her life when you can't see a vet. Get baby gas drops in any store - Liquid simethicone is the ingredient in Baby or Infant gas drops, which are available over the counter in drugstores and many supermarkets. administer between .5 and 1cc of liquid simethicone orally, using a syringe without needle. These can really have save your bunnies life.
  2. Metacam - pain meds for bunnies. This is critical as you bunny is likely in pain and a bunny in pain will not eat just making things worse. YOU MUST GET THIS.
  3. Keep the bunny warm - provide a heating pack under the tummy or some warm water bottles next to him. Also a cozy fleece.
  4. You must try to syringe fed bunny if he is not eating - mix some of his usual pellets with water until liquidy/pasty and slowly feed through a syringe every two hours or even more often. You cannot just wait till he starts eating on his own. Without food he will not get better. If you have a blender you can also mix in some fresh herbs. You can put a touch of banana of the tip of the syringe to make him want it more and make it easier to feed him. You can even mix in a touch of banana or some no-sugar added baby food baby food (like carrot or pumpkin or sweet potato - but not too much since it still has natural sugars). If you have Critical Care food even better, but if not pellet paste will work in the short term: https://www.amazon.com/Oxbow-Critical-Care-Supplement-141gm/dp/B0021WZJD8/ref=asc_df_B0021WZJD8/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218543830990&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1119565623768890596&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001880&hvtargid=pla-408281809127&psc=1
  5. Also provide water through a syringe the same way. You can also steep some mint and offer that instead of water or add a touch of no sugar added juice to the water to encourage more drinking (use a bowl vs bottle).
  6. You can also use unsweetened canned pumpkin puree to supplement pellet paste feeding - feed the pumping through a syringe or even offer it on a plate and see if he might lick it himself.
  7. Offer fresh herbs - parsley, dill, cilantro, oregano, mint, basil - these have a strong aroma and can help stimulate bunny appetite and get him to eat more. Rinse them and give them wet for extra hydration.
  8. Try tummy massage, see here for how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M
  9. Once you start seeing some poops again and as appetite comes back offer less pellets for a few days, encourage him to eat more hay as much as possible to be sure that fiber has his gut normal again sooner. You can rub a touch of banana on the top layer to make it more appealing and also handfeed.
  10. DO NOT offer any sugar - carrot or fruit for at least a while until all is back to normal.

    These videos will help you:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Rabbits/comments/9nz8mn/snowy_loves_his_foodand_his_meds/ - how to give meds so bunnis don't mind

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iGZVYVm5Bg - how to syringe feed (put a bit of something sweet like banana on the tip to get bun to like it more)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW0Taz0MFWE - more on how to syringe feed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0dil7iQQCU - how to syringe feed in a less stressful way (more effort but will work better sometimes)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDyqWvjEYiI - GI stasis treatment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fPKtW5n5R0 - GI stasis treatment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M - How to Help a Rabbit with Gas Pain

    Lastly, anytime you see anything abnormal - unusual poop, less eating, less poop, unusual urine, lethargic, aggressive etc go right away to a RABBIT SAVVY vet to consult. This are usually sings that something is wrong and it is much more treatable when you go early. GI stasis can kill a bun quickly…
u/CountRumford · 3 pointsr/Rabbits
  • Keep a bag of Critical Care in the freezer. It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not be able to find it. We lost one once that way.
  • Find a vet that specializes in rabbits. If and when you need one, you'll really need one. Take your pal in for annual or 6-month checkups.
  • Get on the floor for a while, several times. Let him check you out at his level. You'll be glad you did.
u/Lostar · 3 pointsr/RATS

I get a big bag of the Oxbow Regal Rat and split it into an air tight bin and the freezer. I suppliment that with fresh fruits/veggies/yogurt every day, and a couple yogies because they lose their minds for them. For my older guy, I'll mix some Critical Care a couple times a week to ensure that he's getting the nutrition he needs and to (try) to keep his weight up.

The Regal Rat kibble keeps very well in the freezer, so buying in bulk isn't an issue. I am in no way related to or a shill for Oxbow, they're just the best rat diet out there

u/zebra-stampede · 3 pointsr/Rabbits

If he's not eating you must force-feed him. Use critical care. If you don't have that, put pellets in water until you make a thin enough mush you can put it in a syringe to feed him with. You can mix in some sugar free applesauce for taste.

Sounds like he's I'm GI stasis if he's not eating and this is a critical emergency for rabbits. If he doesn't start eating, you will have to see a vet. Stasis is treatable but can be deadly.

Info copied from Dinka:

However if truly the bunny is not eating it's best to go to the RABBIT SAVVY as soon as possible vs waiting as waiting can lead to full blown GI stasis. Try to explain to your dad how delicate their GI system is and how key it is to do something about it when appetite is relay down. If there is an issue waiting will result 9 out of 10 time in worse issues and more money spent on the vet....

Tell your dad to try the above suggestions and see if bunny will eat from his hand and ask him to really spend some time on the floor with the bunny, but if not helping go to the vet.

Also tell your dad to try the gas drops.





Some info on GI stasis below:

A bunny not eating is always very alarming and a medical emergency. A true loss of appetite can be the start of GI stasis. GI stasis can kills in 12 hours.

You need to find a RABBIT SAVVY vet (not just a any vet). Here you can find a list of rabbit savvy vets by state:

https://rabbit.org/vet-listings/

http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Category:United_States

https://www.chewy.com/petcentral/directory-of-veterinarians-for-exotic-small-mammals



To help your bunny you need a few things now (aside from the vet) -

  1. BABY gas drops - those are 100% safe and can be given anytime a tummy feels gassy (kind of hard vs squishy as usual). They really work and case save her life when you can't see a vet. Liquid simethicone is the ingredient in Baby or Infant gas drops, which are available over the counter in drugstores and many supermarkets. administer between .5 and 1cc of liquid simethicone orally, using a syringe without needle. These can really have save your bunny’s life.

  2. You can get in any 24 hr CVS and they might help if it is just the start of gas pains. Tell your dad to try this.

  3. Metacam - pain meds for bunnies. This is critical as you bunny is likely in pain and a bunny in pain will not eat just making things worse. Do you have any left over from his illness? 0.6 to 0.9 mg per kg is safe every 12 hrs.

  4. Keep the bunny warm - provide a heating pack under the tummy or some warm water bottles next to him. Also a cozy fleece.

  5. You must try to syringe feed bunny if he is not eating - mix some of his usual pellets with water until liquidy/pasty and slowly feed through a syringe every two hours. If you have a blender you can also mix in some fresh herbs. You can put a touch of banana of the tip of the syringe. You can even mix in a touch of banana or some no-sugar added baby food baby food. If you have Critical Care food even better, but if not pellet paste will work in the short term.

  6. Also provide water through a syringe the same way. You can also steep some mint and offer that instead of water or add a touch of no sugar added juice to the water to encourage more drinking (use a bowl vs bottle).

  7. Keep handfeeding veggies and hay.

  8. Offer fresh herbs - dill (has great gut mobility portieres), cilantro, oregano, mint, basil, parsley - these have a strong aroma and can help stimulate bunny appetite and get him to eat more. Rinse them and give them wet for extra hydration.

  9. Try tummy massage, see here for how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M



    These videos will help you:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Rabbits/comments/9nz8mn/snowy_loves_his_foodand_his_meds/ - how to give meds so bunnies don't mind

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iGZVYVm5Bg - how to syringe feed (put a bit of something sweet like banana on the tip to get bun to like it more)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW0Taz0MFWE - more on how to syringe feed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0dil7iQQCU - how to syringe feed in a less stressful way (more effort but will work better sometimes)



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDyqWvjEYiI - GI stasis treatment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fPKtW5n5R0 - GI stasis treatment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M - How to Help a Rabbit with Gas Pain
u/Bun_Love · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Oh no! You can put a towel-covered hot water bottle next to him- that's what I do with my bun when she's in GI stasis.

I've collected notes from this subreddit over the years. Here's what another redditor here said:

"when our bunnies show signs of being ill we immediately administer baby gas drops (simethecone) and then if that doesn't produce improvement in the form of eating or pooping, we start administering pain and gut motility meds. in addition, we keep flavorless pedialyte on hand to keep them hydrated, and critical care for syringe feeding."

Another one said:

" I keep drugs on hand for pain management - meloxicam, tramadol, buprenorphine. I have a subcutaneous fluid kit. I keep canned pureed pumpkin, critical care, pellets, hay in a bag and treats also. I also have a variety of medications for stasis - metclopramide, cyproheptadine, a vitamin solution. Simethicone."

A very experienced rabbit person here, vgr1, said:

" Just as a note simethicone (main ingredient in baby gas drops ) do not work to 'relive gas' in rabbits. It will break up smaller bubbles and turn them into larger ones. The thought is that this makes them easier to pass... old wives tale.

The key is.... pain relief (like Metacam) and hydration, hydration, hydration. With full blown stasis, drugs from the vet are needed. Baby gas drops will not hurt and when a rabbit is not drinking the drops can help with this aspect of things. Of course talk to your rabbit savvy vet before you need to use anything."

DinkaAnimalLover said:

" I would bring him in anyways.. they can give him metacam at least to help with pain. A safe bun dose is about .3 to .6 mg/kg every 12 hrs. They will hold him over till morning when you should definitely go to a rabbit savvy vet ASAP!

A bunny in pain will not eat and may give up so pain meds tonight are a must. If you can also get an xray to see if there is stomach blockage that would be even better.

So metacam tonight and rabbit vet ASAP tomorrow as he will need that xray and gut mobility meds!

To help your bunny you need a few things now (aside from the vet) -​

  1. This should be your fist step after getting metacam or if you can't get it...BABY gas drops - those are 100% safe and can be given anytime a tummy feels gassy (kind of hard vs squishy as usual). They really work and case save her life when you can't see a vet. Get baby gas drops in any store - Liquid simethicone is the ingredient in Baby or Infant gas drops, which are available over the counter in drugstores and many supermarkets. administer between .5 and 1cc of liquid simethicone orally, using a syringe without needle. These can really have save your bunnies life.
  2. Metacam - pain meds for bunnies. This is critical as you bunny is likely in pain and a bunny in pain will not eat just making things worse. YOU MUST GET THIS.
  3. Keep the bunny warm - provide a heating pack under the tummy or some warm water bottles next to him. Also a cozy fleece.
  4. You must try to syringe fed bunny is he is not eating - mix some of his usual pellets with water until liquidy/pasty and slowly feed through a syringe every two hours or even more often. You cannot just wait till he starts eating on his own. Without food he will not get better. If you have a blender you can also mix in some fresh herbs. You can put a touch of banana of the tip of the syringe to make him want it more and make it easier to feed him. You can even mix in a touch of banana or some no-sugar added baby food baby food (like carrot or pumpkin or sweet potato - but not too much since it still has natural sugars). If you have Critical Care food even better, but if not pellet paste will work in the short term: https://www.amazon.com/Oxbow-Critical-Care-Supplement-141gm/dp/B0021WZJD8/ref=asc_df_B0021WZJD8/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=218543830990&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1119565623768890596&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001880&hvtargid=pla-408281809127&psc=1

  5. Also provide water through a syringe the same way. You can also steep some mint and offer that instead of water or add a touch of no sugar added juice to the water to encourage more drinking (use a bowl vs bottle).

  6. You can also use unsweetened canned pumpkin puree to supplement pellet paste feeding - feed the pumping through a syringe or even offer it on a plate and see if he might lick it himself.

  7. Offer fresh herbs - parsley, dill, cilantro, oregano, mint, basil - these have a strong aroma and can help stimulate bunny appetite and get him to eat more. Rinse them and give them wet for extra hydration.

  8. Try tummy massage, see here for how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M - this does help!

  9. Once you start seeing some poops again and as appetite comes back offer less pellets for a few days, encourage him to eat more hay as much as possible to be sure that fiber has his gut normal again sooner. You can rub a touch of banana on they to make it more appealing.

  10. DO NOT offer any sugar - carrot or fruit for at least a while until all is back to normal.


    These videos will help you:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Rabbits/comments/9nz8mn/snowy_loves_his_foodand_his_meds/ - how to give meds so bunnis don't mind

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iGZVYVm5Bg - how to syringe feed (put a bit of something sweet like banana on the tip to get bun to like it more)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW0Taz0MFWE - more on how to syringe feed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0dil7iQQCU - how to syringe feed in a less stressful way (more effort but will work better sometimes)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDyqWvjEYiI - GI stasis treatment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fPKtW5n5R0 - GI stasis treatment"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbyC6CWbm5M - How to Help a Rabbit with Gas Pain"

    P.S. DinkaAnimalLover is a well-informed person on this subreddit. Here's a resource that she put together for new bunny parents that might help for general things:

    " In case you need any tips as a new bunny parent take a look at the little guide on care I assembled below https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Z_IvDuy5Fr-VOKwBVBSmZih0m1ATCIquIMhYyFl4aIw . I really tried to include all the info a new bunny parent might want into this guide... "

    Good luck!
u/HerbalGerbils · 2 pointsr/gerbil

Hey! Sorry I'm a few days late to post.

One of my boys lost his top front teeth as well. They fell out on their own after a few days of difficulty eating (not sure how he broke them).

It took several weeks before the teeth were grown back in to a usable length. During that time, he was on a diet of omnivore power and herbivore powder. Basically mixed it around 1:1 ratio and added a couple drops of water to make an easy to eat paste. It worked super well; he continued to have tooth issues on and off for the rest of his life, and that mix was often an important part of his diet.

You can try crushing some food as well; my boy was able to eat hard foods as long as they were small enough that he didn't need to use the front teeth to break it into bites! Potentially soaking his regular food in water (or even a low sodium broth) could work, but my boy didn't care for it.

Small amounts of meat, bread, rice, vegetables are alright to help keep interest in food and weight up. Baby foods like "Brown rice and Turkey" are okay in moderation too, but probably not a good idea long term.

u/shimdim · 2 pointsr/gerbil

I read on another gerbil forum of someone who got their vet to cut their gerbil's teeth, but they cut their gum on accident. There was only a tiny bit of blood, but the gerbil died the next day. That worried me so much that I just decided to risk it myself. I trimmed one of my past gerbil's teeth with a cat nail clipper and she was fine afterwards.




For advice on what to do now : Here is the Oxbow Critical Care Herbivore formula I was recommended by u/behamgeo . I mixed it with almond butter (you can buy these at a health store) although you can mix it with other soft foods (banana, baby food, plain oatmeal, ensure, etc)




Here is a thread where u/behamgeo gave more advice on how to feed a gerbil that is having trouble eating.




And if you're worried about your gerbil's teeth growing back weak, you can grind up some bird cuttlebone into their food for extra calcium.