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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    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!
    x x
    No help really sorry any ideas what could've caused it? Vets suggested anything it could be?

    Seems weird they all got it... Are the others better now?


    Sounds very similar to my bun who supposedly has mega colon, but again he developed the symptoms over night, and has never been the same since (I could be confusing things here but I've always kind of wondered if it was something my bun picked up on the grass or something, because he was fine and then he just wasn't)

    I really hope you get some answers and things improve I wish I could be more helpful x

    One thing have you tried giving apple sticks? They helped my bun it's something about fibre they get from them, doesn't fix, just helps day to day for mine xx

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    Thanks Graciee, yes, the others are a bit better (but not 100%) - I have just looked at the RWAF leaflet on RMS (rabbit megacolon syndrome) and it does look exactly like that!
    ...I guess the issue is that they are describing a syndrome, and there does not appear to be a clear cause.

    Thank you for the apple stick tip... I have a plum tree which they love, so will cut some boughs off that!

    In the meantime, no, the vets are not really sure what 'poop profile' they should test for (i.e. what bacteria etc) so there's no point testing until that is clear?

    Thanks again, I hope your little one is ok - the constant cleaning is exhausting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Thanks Graciee, yes, the others are a bit better (but not 100%) - I have just looked at the RWAF leaflet on RMS (rabbit megacolon syndrome) and it does look exactly like that!
    ...I guess the issue is that they are describing a syndrome, and there does not appear to be a clear cause.

    Thank you for the apple stick tip... I have a plum tree which they love, so will cut some boughs off that!

    In the meantime, no, the vets are not really sure what 'poop profile' they should test for (i.e. what bacteria etc) so there's no point testing until that is clear?

    Thanks again, I hope your little one is ok - the constant cleaning is exhausting!
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    Yes it's very frustrating not knowing the cause, I feel exactly the same - my vet is convinced mine has megacolon and it looks exactly like it - but he was absolutely fine... And then he just wasn't and its bugging me, I feel like there has to be something that caused it.

    Glad to hear your others are a little better. My vet said just to feed hay for a bit and see if it helped, which admittedly it did, I have reintroduced pellets now though(slowly after a few weeks of just hay), and they also seem to be tolerated, but no forage, or veggies /herbs for my bun, he can't tolerate them (your bunny could be completely different though)

    Not sure what mine tested the samples for, they said a parasite can cause something similar, but said there were no traces in my buns sample - maybe someone on here with more knowledge would know?

    The cleaning isn't fun no, spend a lot of time doing that for him haha

    Really hope things improve soon xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Thanks Graciee, yes, the others are a bit better (but not 100%) - I have just looked at the RWAF leaflet on RMS (rabbit megacolon syndrome) and it does look exactly like that!
    ...I guess the issue is that they are describing a syndrome, and there does not appear to be a clear cause.

    Thank you for the apple stick tip... I have a plum tree which they love, so will cut some boughs off that!

    In the meantime, no, the vets are not really sure what 'poop profile' they should test for (i.e. what bacteria etc) so there's no point testing until that is clear?

    Thanks again, I hope your little one is ok - the constant cleaning is exhausting!
    x x

    Some info here:

    https://www.vgr1.com/megacolon/

    https://www.vgr1.com/megacolon/www_m...fferential.pdf


    You might find what the vet tested for in the Medirabbit article Grace x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishies View Post
    Thanks Graciee, yes, the others are a bit better (but not 100%) - I have just looked at the RWAF leaflet on RMS (rabbit megacolon syndrome) and it does look exactly like that!
    ...I guess the issue is that they are describing a syndrome, and there does not appear to be a clear cause.

    Thank you for the apple stick tip... I have a plum tree which they love, so will cut some boughs off that!

    In the meantime, no, the vets are not really sure what 'poop profile' they should test for (i.e. what bacteria etc) so there's no point testing until that is clear?

    Thanks again, I hope your little one is ok - the constant cleaning is exhausting!
    x x
    Just a heads up that Plum tree twigs/leaves etc may not be great for Rabbits

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_dise.../Branch_en.htm

    http://kanin.org/node/190

    That said............

    https://www.harcourt-brown.co.uk/art...lem-with-lists

    Regarding your Rabbit's problems, Megacolon is a rare condition and it would be very surprising if all of your Rabbits are effected. Has the Vet tested fecal samples and run blood profiles ? Sorry if you have already said, I have vision/dizziness problems atm and reading every post is tricky for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Some info here:

    https://www.vgr1.com/megacolon/

    https://www.vgr1.com/megacolon/www_m...fferential.pdf


    You might find what the vet tested for in the Medirabbit article Grace x
    Ah thanks

    I had a look, because I remember the vet last time gave me a print out of my whole history from the beginning by mistake so it's on there as 'lab in house exotic feacal microscopy' not sure if that's actually helpful though - but that's what they did - and I remember the vet saying about a parasite that can cause similar symptoms, but never named it, I'll do some googling when I'm home later xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Ah thanks

    I had a look, because I remember the vet last time gave me a print out of my whole history from the beginning by mistake so it's on there as 'lab in house exotic feacal microscopy' not sure if that's actually helpful though - but that's what they did - and I remember the vet saying about a parasite that can cause similar symptoms, but never named it, I'll do some googling when I'm home later xx

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    Coccidia ?

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

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

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



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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Ah thanks

    I had a look, because I remember the vet last time gave me a print out of my whole history from the beginning by mistake so it's on there as 'lab in house exotic feacal microscopy' not sure if that's actually helpful though - but that's what they did - and I remember the vet saying about a parasite that can cause similar symptoms, but never named it, I'll do some googling when I'm home later xx

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    Squishies and I have talked at length concerning her bunnies, and my immediate thought (my first post on this thread) was Coccidiosis. This may or may not have any relevance to you though!


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Squishies and I have talked at length concerning her bunnies, and my immediate thought (my first post on this thread) was Coccidiosis. This may or may not have any relevance to you though!


    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_dise...es/Cocc_en.htm
    Yea I had a look at the link, I think that may have been what William was thinking was wrong with Atticus, but obviously found no evidence of it. Which was why I mentioned it for Squishies because as Jane said earlier 4 perfectly fine buns getting megacolon seems a bit mad

    Very interesting though, could you mention this to your vet Squishies? Maybe they'd know what to look for to rule this out? xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Yea I had a look at the link, I think that may have been what William was thinking was wrong with Atticus, but obviously found no evidence of it. Which was why I mentioned it for Squishies because as Jane said earlier 4 perfectly fine buns getting megacolon seems a bit mad

    Very interesting though, could you mention this to your vet Squishies? Maybe they'd know what to look for to rule this out? xx

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    Yeah I agree But only one is now suffering I believe?

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