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Date Posted: 21:05:40 10/08/04 Fri
Subject: Re: My rabbit is sick someone help!
In reply to:
's message, "My rabbit is sick someone help!" on 08:05:50 10/02/04 Sat
Marie, my heart goes out to you ... you definitely should be at the vets, ask and find a vet who's a rabbit expert which will be even better ... I don't know if you're in Australia, but there's several recommendations at <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://charm.air.on.ca/raytec/AustralianRabbitVets.htm">http://charm.air.on.ca/raytec/AustralianRabbitVets.htm</a>
I can't be sure, of course, not having seen your bunny ... but we've had three Netherland Dwarf bunnies over the years, and we've found that they're highly susceptible to digestive stomach upsets, both diarrhoea and constipation. What are your bunny's dropping like right now? If they're tiny and dry or hardly there, she might have a stomach blockage or really bad constipation. If there's fur in the droppings, that's an obvious sign too, because this sort of constipation can be caused by furballs. Look up 'gastric stasis' on a search engine and you'll be able to read about what I mean ... Constipation/gastric stasis is a genuine emergency which can be fatal for bunnies. But we've found that we can treat it with 100% pure unsweetened pineapple juice (from a can is okay as long as it's 100% pineapple juice and unsweetened). You can feed it to you bunny through a plastic syringe (no needle of course) into the side of her mouth just behind her front teeth. You can get 5ml or 10ml plastic syringes from any chemist.
If your bunny is constipated and dehydrated, she will urgently need rehydration, which the pineapple juice can help with, and the pineapple juice also breaks up any blockage or constipation in her stomach. You'd need to give her around 5ml every hour. We had a very scary situation with our beatiful Netherland Dwarf, where we had to sit up all night with him and feed him pineapple juice hourly. It's a very scary time, but if you can give her this intensive nursing with the pineapple juice, I hope that she comes good.
I must add that I'm presuming that this constipation/gastric stasis is the problem, and I could be wrong. But you must try something to help her, musn't you, including the recommendation of veterinary attention. Whenever our little guys have become constipated, the first symptoms are an immediate change in their behaviour: instead of looking happy, bright, and active, they become still, motionless, sit hunched up and look uninterested in anything. The dry, small droppings, or even worse a lack of any droppings, are an obvious symptom, too. We've explained all this on our web site page, at <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://au.geocities.com/leaswebsite/bunnystomachhealth.html">http://au.geocities.com/leaswebsite/bunnystomachhealth.html</a> ... along with details and recommendations of treatment ... please do see this page of ours and read over it.
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Re: My rabbit is sick someone help! -- kieran, 13:08:11 08/27/05 Sat