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I've read some articles online about simethicone and dosages and other good stuff. Just wondering if your bunny has gas episodes how much do you give them? Do you find that it works well? Has anyone ever had problems with simethicone effecting their bunny? What brands are you using?
Thanks, I appreciate your feedback!
Simethecone is a must-have for any bunny home. I find the easiest is to get the drops made for infants at a regular pharmacy - mine is walgreens brand.
Simethecone works by physically breaking up the gas bubbles by decreasing surface tension. It is not absorbed by the body so you don't have to worry about it interfering with another medication. It's the first line of defense when your bun seems to have a tummy ache, as it can't hurt and may well help. I've never read of anybun having anything like a bad reaction to it.
I've only had to use it once - my bun pretty much has a cast-iron tummy. But one time she got a free sample packet of metamucil out of the trash bin and blew herself up like a furry little balloon! I spent a worried night with her, dosing every 4 hours with tummy-rubs and offering food and water, but she was fine in the morning.
I've been hearing a lot of good things about it from people and articles online. I asked my vet about it and she said she doesn't think the simethicone helps them. But so many people seem to have used it and it worked, so I am willing to give it a try.
I think it is great to have on hand to dose if your bunny is acting a little off- like a bellyache. But if you do not see improvement within 12 hours or less- you need to take the bunny to a vet. Obviously all cases will be different like Jess&Peters bunny who was hypothermic, along with gut issues- her taking Peter to the vet surely saved his life after his temp dropped dangerously low.
If your gut feeling is "my bunny seems a little off"- then try dosing Simethicone, but if you are truly scared by how your bunny is acting- then take them to the vet. Or if you know your bunny ate something dangerous- like possibly ingested something that could cause an impaction (carpet fibers, etc) or something that is stringlike- any signs of acting not right- they need to see a vet ASAP.
Posted By Kokaneeandkahlua on 03/11/2010 08:13 PM
I've just given 1/2 ml every four hours-you can't od but I like to play it safe-again mine is the Canadian Ovol-so the mylecone one that Beka mentioned is likely what you'd buy.
I live in Calgary, so we're pretty close
I've only checked Shoppers Drug Mart so far and found the liquid stuff with mint flavour.
Which Ovol do you buy and where do you get yours from?
Yeah that's a good point jerseygirl. They don't want to eat anything when they got gas. I'll have to check other drugstores for more brands over here.