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    Hi Folks
    My Continental Giant is very anti drinking. It seems to lead to stasis issues. We know the signs, but it is happening more often. Vegetables soaked in water, are a no no. He wonít touch them. Apple or mint favoured water.....again no.😭. I have heard tomato juice as an option, but not hopeful. Also I canít syringe water into him as he becomes a total stress bun and he is on heart meds as it is. Any suggestions very greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mebs and her bunnies View Post
    Hi Folks
    My Continental Giant is very anti drinking. It seems to lead to stasis issues. We know the signs, but it is happening more often. Vegetables soaked in water, are a no no. He wonít touch them. Apple or mint favoured water.....again no.. I have heard tomato juice as an option, but not hopeful. Also I canít syringe water into him as he becomes a total stress bun and he is on heart meds as it is. Any suggestions very greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    I have a very fussy bun with drinking so I really sympathise, feels like you're out of options and nothing works

    I'm not sure about tomato juice.. Personally I wouldn't try that.

    Does he have a water bowl? As they tend to drink more from a bowl. Also what water does he drink? My rabbit won't drink tap water, or several bottled waters, she will drink Highland spring though so that's all she has, and she has a lot more veg in her diet (not soaked in water, she's not keen on this either, but the water content in the veg really helps)

    I tried about 6 different bottled waters in bowls to figure out what she would drink but now we have it down she does okay (she does drink less than my other 3 though, but it's enough)


    Something that didn't work for us, but people say makes buns drink a lot more is adding a probiotic to the water like the pro c one, I think it makes it taste really nice - you could try that too potentially

    Hope you can figure out a way of getting him to drink more x

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    I've heard pineapple juice works for some. Lots of high-water veg is good to try: cucumber and similar are a good start. Good luck
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    Thank you folks. He only has a bowl...if I put a bottle in there...he practically laughs at me��. Thanks for your advice. I will try those out. Fingers crossed.

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    I wonder if he would drink more if it were bottled water as maybe he doesn't like the smell of chlorine? I have never come across this problem but just wondered? Does he eat lots of hay?

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    I'm currently having the same issue with my bun following his slow recovery from stasis, problem is with introducing a bowel is I can't really tell if or how much he is drinking from there - have not seen him drinking. Using a bottle with the tip covered in honey atm to see if it works and a bowl as well. May move on to water diluted with orange juice in a bowel if it will entice him.

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    I would be careful adding more than a tiny amount of any juice due to sugar or acid that may impact flora of digestive system. Flavoring a tiny bit could mask smells or taste.
    Sub q fluids can sometimes help until cause is found. A vet may want to do blood or urine tests.
    Gracie is right that each bunny is different, and some not like tap water which can vary by season or weather.
    I had a bunny who preferred water from the hot faucet (cooled), not know why.

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    Thank you every bun. I will definitely try different waters and have a look at the other ideas. Normally he adores hay but it is definitely a slow recovery this time.

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    He hasn't touched the orange juice flavoured water either.
    Currently he has
    1. one bowl with 1 part orange juice to 5-6 parts water,
    2. one bowl of cooled peppermint tea,
    3. one bowl with tap water,
    4. one bowl with kale inside it,
    5. one bottle with normal tap water that I have tested.

    He has not touched any water in days he hasn't even touched the bottle and I've been syringe feeding him water if I notice him not peeing.
    The only bowl with mild success is the kale one. He nibbles kale and may get a small amount of water from it, he however seems to hate his face getting wet.
    He is a lionhead.
    Even though I know iceberg isn't good for him am tempted to buy it for water content as syringing really distresses him.

    Currently recovering from stasis, he's pooing and eating kale pellets hay and banana that has been drugged with his stasis meds. (Trying to minimise syringe feeding him as I am worried about the vicious cycle of syringing stressing and not eating.)
    He was using the bottle when we first got him last week but a few days later stopped drinking eating and went into stasis.

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