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    Hi all, I wasn't sure whether to post this in diet, or health, so here goes...

    My 4 (two mini lops, two nethies) all came back for 3 weeks boarding last week. And all 4 seem to have upset stomachs -- if I give them even so much as tiny corner (50 pence piece, size) bit of greens, there are sticky, smelly, 'cow pat' poops all over the place.

    I put them all on hay and pellets only for a few days, but even now a sprig of parsley is too much and I'm getting worried.
    ...I used to feed them all a ton of greens and fresh forage every day, and I feel cruel for only giving them dry food.
    More importantly though, is there anything they may have picked up, (a 'bug'?) and what should I be looking for?

    All 4 seem fine in themselves, and certainly want to eat, but they have lost a fair bit of weight and I know this is important to watch.

    Anyone have any clue? x x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Hi all, I wasn't sure whether to post this in diet, or health, so here goes...

    My 4 (two mini lops, two nethies) all came back for 3 weeks boarding last week. And all 4 seem to have upset stomachs -- if I give them even so much as tiny corner (50 pence piece, size) bit of greens, there are sticky, smelly, 'cow pat' poops all over the place.

    I put them all on hay and pellets only for a few days, but even now a sprig of parsley is too much and I'm getting worried.
    ...I used to feed them all a ton of greens and fresh forage every day, and I feel cruel for only giving them dry food.
    More importantly though, is there anything they may have picked up, (a 'bug'?) and what should I be looking for?

    All 4 seem fine in themselves, and certainly want to eat, but they have lost a fair bit of weight and I know this is important to watch.

    Anyone have any clue? x x

    Knowing a bit of the background here, you must be fuming to say the least, as well as rather upset ....

    Get a faecal flotation done at the vet to rule out coccidiosis?

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_dise...es/Cocc_en.htm


    Some info on poo in general:

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_dise...rop/Drp_en.htm



    Just a few more links in case they contain anything useful for you ..

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...-Aware-of-This

    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00d...is_rabbits.htm


    Definitely consult the vet (if you haven't already) and discuss this with them.

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    Yes, terrified actually... just really scared.

    The links are great, thank you so much.

    It's not full-on diarrhoea, but soft squidgy poops -- I think the only thing will be to call and take some samples in to the vets. (...you know which one my main vet is, do you think they will know what to do, or should I consider elsewhere?)

    ...lots of the info on coccidiosis mentions 'rough coat' and I am not sure what this really means -- 3 of mine are looking a bit straggly/raggedy (a bit like new fur post moult or post mite-treatment, but certainly not 'rough' to touch).

    Hmmm. the poor things, I feel so mean depriving them of their favourite herbs and veg too :'(

    Thanks again x x

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    It does sound like something they have caught what bio security did the boarder have in place?

    Lots of vibes that you get to the bottom of this, how worrying
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Yes, terrified actually... just really scared.

    The links are great, thank you so much.

    It's not full-on diarrhoea, but soft squidgy poops -- I think the only thing will be to call and take some samples in to the vets. (...you know which one my main vet is, do you think they will know what to do, or should I consider elsewhere?)

    ...lots of the info on coccidiosis mentions 'rough coat' and I am not sure what this really means -- 3 of mine are looking a bit straggly/raggedy (a bit like new fur post moult or post mite-treatment, but certainly not 'rough' to touch).

    Hmmm. the poor things, I feel so mean depriving them of their favourite herbs and veg too :'(

    Thanks again x x

    Yes I am sure your vet will know what to do. Call in advance, and check (or get reception to check with the vet) that they will be able to take the sample and deal with it, and let them know what's happened. If there's a problem then I know where else you can try.

    Rough coat doesn't necessarily mean coccidiosis. One of mine had a rough coat when very poorly and it righted itself the minute the rabbit was well again.

    Yes, not being able to give forage or green stuff feels very mean, as it provides so much variety of taste and nutrients for them.
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    Thanks so much both, I have emailed the vets some basic details ahead of time and will call in the morning to see if I can chat about samples I just don't want them to be so poorly, and I don't like to think that it could have been prevented.

    Catherine, thank you for the positive thoughts - fingers crossed that it is just different diet while they were away or something like readjusting to their normal pellets (they came back with pellets that were definitely not the ones that I had left them with). The boarder had previously told me that she disinfects with something that the vets use (I can't remember the name). I guess I just don't know how rigorously/frequently that is done in practise, plus, the rabbits were also out on grass, which is obviously not disinfect-able?

    ...off to see how they're doing and try giving a little parsley x x

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    Just to give an update...

    The vets recommended a few days of Fibreplex to see if the pre/probiotics can help settle their tums.
    ...given the bank holiday, any samples would be sat in the post until Tuesday anyhow.

    All 4 are on a hay + pellets /dry food only diet while we monitor.
    ...only issue with the whole plan is that the two nethies are impossible to get to take the fibreplex i) the tube point is too big for their tiny mouths; ii) they are masters at wriggling free and even when I got in in girl-nettie's mouth, she then spat it out in disgust

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    I would also let the boarding place you used know about these health issues. I expect animals to come out of boarding to be as healthy as when they went in, and with rabbits, the specialist boarding establishment should be particularly vigilant with their care.

    I hope they recover soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Just to give an update...

    The vets recommended a few days of Fibreplex to see if the pre/probiotics can help settle their tums.
    ...given the bank holiday, any samples would be sat in the post until Tuesday anyhow.

    All 4 are on a hay + pellets /dry food only diet while we monitor.
    ...only issue with the whole plan is that the two nethies are impossible to get to take the fibreplex i) the tube point is too big for their tiny mouths; ii) they are masters at wriggling free and even when I got in in girl-nettie's mouth, she then spat it out in disgust

    sigh x x

    I was glad to hear from you that they are at least no worse. I wonder if your trick enabled the fibaplex to go down?

    Did the vet say how 'fresh' the poo samples had to be when you take them in tomorrow (gross subject alert )
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    If anyone has any thoughts on this one, I'd be hugely appreciative - the fibreplex hasn't really solved the problem, and my mini-lop girlie is still very unwell from the bottom end!

    MM is correct, this is a pretty grim subject, but the basics are, she has really loose, cow-pat like stools, which are stinky, and definitely not caecotrophs...
    ...only other info that may be relevant, is that she is drinking loads too.

    I'd like my vet to take some samples, but they seem unclear about what to screen for, so I'm at a bit of a loss

    Any help or ideas greatly received!
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