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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > I don't think bud is feeling good.
Last Post by RabbitPam at 8/22/2012 7:26 AM (16 Replies)
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User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/20/2012 2:34 PM

So I cleaned out buds cage and filled up both water bottles and all that and I was petting him afterwards which I dont get to spend a ton of time with him on the weekends because I work double shifts...he immediatly started drinking his water  but it took him awhile to start on his greens...(dandilion leaves and clover) 

Well he was acting a lil off....usually he lets me pet him and hold him if i'm sitting....he is squirming the whole time. I tried to trance him twice to check his bum (it gets a lil muddy if I don't keep after it...hes a chubby bun so he has trouble cleaning it) he was not having it....so i sat him on the floor and I checked his tummy...he let me rub it a lil bit and its hard and kinda bloated...when he had enough he jumped into his cage and yelled at me...

I mean I am not a vet so I don't really know what i'd be looking for and I don't usually check his belly but he seems a bit off tonight...maybe he is just mad at me cause the last couple of days I havent been able to spend very much time with him....but usually he attacks his greens...

I'm gonna keep an eye on him cause im not sure what else to do...I'm a lil worried bout him.

Ideas?

I'd call the vet but hubby has my cell and we don't have a house phone... 


User is Offline TH004
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8/20/2012 2:45 PM
I just said this on another forum question When my buns acts off, I give him the baby gas meds (simethicone). My vet said that is always a good preventative and won't hurt them if they don't need it. When my rabbit gets upset at me, so does his GI track. I would try the gas meds and a night to see if he is back to his normal self in the morning. My rabbit gets .5 in the dropper and he is 4.5lbs. I do it 3x a day, when he is acting off. I have done as much as to the 1 marker too.

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/20/2012 2:54 PM
that is about how much bud weighed the last time he went to the vet so that is probably a good dose...

I'll see if i can get it in him... fingers crossed.

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/20/2012 2:56 PM
About how often should i check on him and massage his belly if he will let me? every 15 minutes or shorter?

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/20/2012 3:03 PM
oh and .5ml what is the dosage per ml

User is Offline Roberta
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8/20/2012 3:11 PM
The first and most important question is he pooping and peeing ?
I think a vet trip is essential.
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User is Offline Roberta
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8/20/2012 3:12 PM
The baby gas meds will help to relieve some discomfort but may not remove the cause of the problem especially if its a blockage.
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User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/20/2012 3:21 PM
I just checked on him and he has already pooped and i just cleaned his cage less than an hour ago....he is also eating...

I'm gonna check his belly again in a bit....

User is Offline Roberta
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8/20/2012 3:46 PM
Thats a good sign...
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User is Offline TH004
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8/21/2012 1:40 AM
My vet said .5 ml, 3x a day. If it seems really bad, I can up those doses to 1 ml (so 1ml, 3x a day). I really believe this helps prevent the Stasis from coming, since he will act off, but still eat and poop. It gets him feeling back to his normal self. I can always feel the gas in his belly too.

As for belly rubs, I've been told to do it as long and as often as the rabbit will tolerate. Since mine isn't the biggest fan, we do it a few times a day (probably 3) when he is sick with Stasis or if the gut feels like it needs some work and may go into Stasis.

How often to check on him-- I'm an overprotective bunny momma, so I'm always in there talking to him, letting him know he is loved when he is down.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/21/2012 1:47 AM
How is Bud feeling today?
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User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/21/2012 12:13 PM
He's much better.I had to run out to get some baby gas drops (and they are 20 mg per .3ml so i just kinda winged it)

I dosed him last night and this morning before I left....he wouldn't even let me touch his belly this morning but it did feel a lot softer...

I sometimes give him the zuchinni and squash skin (and a lil of the actual fruit) so I'm thinking maybe that bothered him a bit.

I freaked out because it was so hard and he actually let me touch his belly...

I'm gonna keep an eye on him for the rest of the day but he seems much better. I think I may give him another dose just to be safe....

Thanks guys...I get a lil panicky when any of my "kids" are sick...

User is Offline TH004
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8/21/2012 12:18 PM
I understand. I get panicky too My vet is used to urgent voicemail messages. I'm one of "those" pet parents!

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/21/2012 12:23 PM
I'm sure I annoyed the doc when my daughter was born....nurse told me the cord should fall off in about 10 days on the 11th day I called panicked and the doc was like it could take up to 3 weeks to fall off (DOY!) well you should tell ppl that...lol

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/22/2012 4:18 AM
A bunny will be off his feed if you change the greens too frequently as well. And the foods you mentioned are not what I think of as staples for his diet. I would try a very mild green, ie. green leaf lettuce, and maybe a bit of romaine lettuce after that. I think if you keep him on a basic diet of unlimited hay, simple greens (but never iceberg lettuce, btw) and healthy pellets (1/8-1/4 cup daily) and lots of water, he should be regular. He may even slim down a bit.

If he hasn't visited the vet in over a year, it would be good to get him a check up, too, just in case.
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User is Offline SirThumpsey
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8/22/2012 7:16 AM
so dandelion and clover should be given less frequently...? I give him some every day....sometimes 2x a day.

Is cilantro and parsly considered mild? What about basil....we usually grow that in the summer...

Seems I'm going to have to do a bit of research...

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/22/2012 7:26 AM
If you go into the bunny Info section under diet you can see a complete list of foods that are recommended, and how frequently. Some are better than others, frequent changes are difficult for any bunny to digest, and some bunnies have sensitivities to certain green families. Some bunnies, for example, get bad gas from the cabbage family of greens and others love them. It's really slow trial and error with your rabbit. Mine tried escarole one week - a very safe green on the list - and was at the vet's by Saturday. Never happened before or since, once I stopped it. You just can't tell.

The thing about dandelion, clover, cilantro or parsley is that they are more treat-like smaller greens as opposed to a nice, leafy staple. I would have a base of greens (mine are romaine or green leaf or red leaf or kale, alternating from week to week in combination) with a touch of added greens like the parsley, dill, mint, or cilantro. If the dandelion or clover is from the yard, there is a risk of pesticides. Check out the food lists and diet info. on the site. It will help you get set up with a healthy combo he likes and can tolerate.
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