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    Peter had another bit of a wobble during the week. I noticed his poops were dark and getting smaller and smaller but he was still keen enough to eat.

    I noticed he was pooping in the hall and bathroom, which he usually only does when stressed. The neighbours are STILL getting work done to the house and its LOUD and makes me on edge let alone poor Pete. So I think this has something to do with it. Also to make matters worse my fire alarm started chirping at that high pitch to let me know the battery needs replaced and Peter was petrified and hid under the bed. So all in all, its not been a good week for him!

    I gave him some metacalm and tummy meds and hes perked back up and was tripping me up from as soon as I opened the bedroom door this morning, begging for breakfast.

    However, he just did a load of poops about 15mins ago in his litter box and I notice they are still very dark and slightly damp to the touch (gross I know, sorry!). I suppose fresh poop should be slightly damp? Up until last week his poops had gone nice and golden and large. His diet is mostly hay based with dried forage mixed in, he only gets a handful of herbs/dandelions each day now.

    So what could be wrong? How could his poops still be so dark?

    Also it just so happens that I ran out of readigrass (Pete's fave) for about a week but he was munching away on other hays and dried forage no bother. Then as soon as readigrass was back on the menu he went off. This coincided perfectly with the drilling next door! So now I don't know if readigrass or stress or both could be the issue. Anyone ever experienced a bunny sensitive to readigrass???? I've removed it the last 3 days but poops are still dark.

    I don't believe its his teeth as they were checked in May and were fine and he sits and eats his hay no bother.
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    Anyone any ideas? His poop is still smaller and darker than i'd expect but hes in good form and eating his hay!

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    I didn't want to ignore your post, but I haven't really got any definite advice for you.

    My rabbits eat a lot of hay, but they also eat a lot of forage too. I find that the forage tends to make their poo dark. Just occasionally their poo will be more golden and I assume this is when there is a greater amount of hay consumed. Their poo is not damp though and feels dry to the touch even when fresh.

    There have been posts on here where people have said that Readigrass has caused problems, although I have not experienced it here. I suppose it's possible that a new bag would be slightly different and could have caused Pete problems.

    If I were you I would just monitor him carefully and see how he gets on.

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    Readigrass is essential dried grass and that does cause darker smaller stools. I would take the readigrass out of his diet for a few days and see if he perks up and his stools become more golden. The herbs/dandelions may also make his poop darker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beebop View Post
    Morning all

    Peter had another bit of a wobble during the week. I noticed his poops were dark and getting smaller and smaller but he was still keen enough to eat.

    I noticed he was pooping in the hall and bathroom, which he usually only does when stressed. The neighbours are STILL getting work done to the house and its LOUD and makes me on edge let alone poor Pete. So I think this has something to do with it. Also to make matters worse my fire alarm started chirping at that high pitch to let me know the battery needs replaced and Peter was petrified and hid under the bed. So all in all, its not been a good week for him!

    I gave him some metacalm and tummy meds and hes perked back up and was tripping me up from as soon as I opened the bedroom door this morning, begging for breakfast.

    However, he just did a load of poops about 15mins ago in his litter box and I notice they are still very dark and slightly damp to the touch (gross I know, sorry!). I suppose fresh poop should be slightly damp? Up until last week his poops had gone nice and golden and large. His diet is mostly hay based with dried forage mixed in, he only gets a handful of herbs/dandelions each day now.

    So what could be wrong? How could his poops still be so dark?

    Also it just so happens that I ran out of readigrass (Pete's fave) for about a week but he was munching away on other hays and dried forage no bother. Then as soon as readigrass was back on the menu he went off. This coincided perfectly with the drilling next door! So now I don't know if readigrass or stress or both could be the issue. Anyone ever experienced a bunny sensitive to readigrass???? I've removed it the last 3 days but poops are still dark.

    I don't believe its his teeth as they were checked in May and were fine and he sits and eats his hay no bother.

    Bunnies can be sensitive to readigrass, but he's had it before no problem? It sounds like it's the drilling next door. I would put my money on that being the cause of the issue. How long is it scheduled to go on for?

    If he's eating hay/readigrass/fresh grass, then there's no problem. It's basically the same thing. It will alter the look of the poops, but the fibre content is still good.

    How's he doing today?

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    Hey guys! Thanks for the replies.

    Hes not good! Poops are all sizes and very dark! Some very small and some larger and one large oval poop! He is in good form and the drilling has stopped since last thursday!!!

    I don't know what is wrong! He is clearly hungry but when he eats it seems to hurt him! He did this last time back in May and got his teeth checked and they were fine and vet said could just be he had stsis and his tummy started moving as he chewed and it was sore. I'm calling carol the vet tomorrow. Hes on metacam and a gut stimulant in the meantime.

    This is the fourth or maybe even tth stasis incident this year and i dont understand! I took him off grain pellets n hes on rosewood grain free n seemed to do well on those. His veg intake is minimal, just some herbs or dandelions.

    Its really getting to me this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beebop View Post
    Hey guys! Thanks for the replies.

    Hes not good! Poops are all sizes and very dark! Some very small and some larger and one large oval poop! He is in good form and the drilling has stopped since last thursday!!!

    I don't know what is wrong! He is clearly hungry but when he eats it seems to hurt him! He did this last time back in May and got his teeth checked and they were fine and vet said could just be he had stsis and his tummy started moving as he chewed and it was sore. I'm calling carol the vet tomorrow. Hes on metacam and a gut stimulant in the meantime.

    This is the fourth or maybe even tth stasis incident this year and i dont understand! I took him off grain pellets n hes on rosewood grain free n seemed to do well on those. His veg intake is minimal, just some herbs or dandelions.

    Its really getting to me this!

    Were his teeth checked under anaesthetic though? If a vet cannot/won't do 'conscious dentals', then they can only see 50% of the back teeth with their otoscope.

    How are his back teeth, really? What you've said sounds classic tooth pain ... I could be wrong of course

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    No it was done under anaesthetic by a very rabbit savvy vet and his alignment is perfect and he had no spurs as of 14th may. Hes been eating hay pretty much since so i dont know how he would have spurs!

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    Could you detail for us what he eats each day with quantities?

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    He gets about 8-10 rosewood hay pellets spread into 2 or 3 feeds, unlimited hays- timothy, meadow and oat etc with a large handful dried herbal forage from.pets at home. Then 1 or 2 small handfuls of herbs or dandelions.

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