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  1. I'm not suggesting you change vets when you have...

    I'm not suggesting you change vets when you have a silver rated one that you are happy with, plus the stress of each visit anyway - just that it's worth taking a step back at times, and that he...
  2. If he's not eating normally by himself, he needs...

    If he's not eating normally by himself, he needs you to keep feeding him. Will he take recovery food from a saucer?
    Dried dandelion & plantain: can he eat it if you eg cut it into spaghetti strips,...
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    Whatever she's on, can I have some, please?

    Whatever she's on, can I have some, please?
  4. You and Ian are doing well to keep his weight up,...

    You and Ian are doing well to keep his weight up, so he must be getting a reasonable amount of food down him. I hope he continues to improve.
  5. Why is he on additional pain relief (ie tramadol...

    Why is he on additional pain relief (ie tramadol or vetergesic)? I've only been given those after major jaw surgery. I usually get permission to increase the metacam for a few days.
    Was he weighed...
  6. I would wait until tomorrow for the vet...

    I would wait until tomorrow for the vet appointment. He's got improved input and output, isn't deteriorating, and the vetergesic will wear off so may show further improvements by tomorrow. Seeing the...
  7. Sounds like you could wait until tomorrow,...

    Sounds like you could wait until tomorrow, assuming you have enough meds to see you through. Less stress all round. See if he starts to poo more with having more food intake.

    Is he eating any more...
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    Does she have free access to hay to eat? How...

    Does she have free access to hay to eat?
    How about some fresh apple or willow branches with leaves on? Maybe hang them up or put them in a vase / pot for more interest.
    How old is she, and is she...
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    Rabbits would have the opportunity to eat grains...

    Rabbits would have the opportunity to eat grains in the wild, and they are just posh grasses.
  10. Have you tried grated apple or carrot? Dandelion...

    Have you tried grated apple or carrot? Dandelion leaves usually go down well with mine, or celery leaves.
  11. I would ask about reducing / removing the...

    I would ask about reducing / removing the vetergesic and upping the metacam to maximum dose (twice a day) for a few days to see if that makes a difference. If recent blood results were Ok, there...
  12. The vetergesic will be making him really dopey...

    The vetergesic will be making him really dopey and not interested in much.

    Stasis episodes can last for a week or two, IME, and you should always keep going with gut meds until they are...
  13. I would aim to feed him every 4 hours with as...

    I would aim to feed him every 4 hours with as much as you can get into him, or more often if you feel you can - but you also need sleep to get through the day shifts. The more he eats, the better he...
  14. How is he doing now? I would make sure he is well...

    How is he doing now? I would make sure he is well topped up before bed, and check on him through the night if he's still not eating.
  15. I would just let him be in his usual space with...

    I would just let him be in his usual space with access to food and water, and just let him settle for a while. Hourly feeding is stressing you both out. I would struggle to do 2 hourly.

    He won't...
  16. Just keep going. The fact he is fighting means...

    Just keep going. The fact he is fighting means he's not giving up, although he's obviously not happy. Will he eat the recovery food with a bit of apple or carrot (baby food) puree in it? Or any fresh...
  17. I would also want the answer to the questions...

    I would also want the answer to the questions Jane asked, with a view to increasing pain relief dose or frequency, and maybe changing antibiotics.
    Antibiotics (oral) usually take 2-3 days to kick...
  18. Bunnies that are grieving do seem to do a lot...

    Bunnies that are grieving do seem to do a lot better once they have a new partner - but not all rabbits will bond successfully. I would get the girl and see how they get along with a barrier between...
  19. Rabbits should be fine outside in winter as long...

    Rabbits should be fine outside in winter as long as they are healthy, mobile, have had time to grow a winter coat and have decent sized dry, draught-proof accommodation which is safe from predators....
  20. Currently, I am having 'discussions' with certain...

    Currently, I am having 'discussions' with certain bunnies about digging tunnels in record time. A full tunnel can appear in a couple of hours. I haven't had an escape yet, but it's been close. I'm...
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    You could try asking the nurses at your vet...

    You could try asking the nurses at your vet surgery. Some may offer pet sitting services, or know someone who does.
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    Does Ikea still do the stools with a plastic seat...

    Does Ikea still do the stools with a plastic seat and metal legs?
  23. If she's not eating by herself, I would suggest...

    If she's not eating by herself, I would suggest that she needs more CC as well.

    http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/vet.../critical_care
    It says to give 3 tablespoons powder / kg body weight daily....
  24. Thread: Straw diet

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    Straw doesn't have the nutritional value of grass...

    Straw doesn't have the nutritional value of grass / hay, and I don't think it has the same abrasive properties as grass - so I would be very wary of following that advice. Reducing / removing pellets...
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    I second everything that's already been said....

    I second everything that's already been said. They will be much better off with you. That hutch / run combo is ok and can be extended later if needed (a few years ago, that was the recommended size...
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