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    We have a mini lop who was purchased from a breeder and lives in the house. He has always had a very delicate stomach and over the years we have gone from reducing fresh intake right down to where we are currently (under vet supervision) where he has no fresh, Natures Diet muesli (which has very little nuggets) and timothy hay. He has always been quite greedy, something the breeder said about his mother too, who was huge!

    I do think he was overweight if I am honest so decided to put him on a bit of a diet, I reduced his Natures Diet and continued with unlimited timothy. He then started mass eating the straw bedding so I have removed that too. But every day he is getting a huge poop ball on his bum and he stinks...we have had to resort to bathing him, he doesn't love it but neither is he very distressed about it.

    He has lost some weight but in a healthy way. I phone the vet today for advice, she is not concerned he is very ill but said sometimes rabbits, especially male are lazy about cleaning themselves. So what she has prescribed is Fibreplex...this confuses me as I don't think he has a low fibre diet, but I think she is coming about it from helping him have good gut flora and hoping this solves the problem. We had to weigh him for the medicine and he is 5.5 pounds, which I think is bang on healthy for a male fully frown mini lop, so being fat is one thing I can eliminate

    Does anyone have any advice about this as I can't just bath him every day and I really want him to get over this.

    Thanks in advance

    Jem

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    As he was healthy on his original diet I would go back to that, ie up his Pellet intake a little bit.

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    To me it sounds like he isn't eating his cecos. Is he also doing regular poo that is or normal size & consistency.?Uneaten cecos can be attributed to a diet too rich in carbs but can also occur with certain health problems such as being overweight or having arthritis (struggling to reach). Fibeplex would probably help if there is an issue with his normal droppings but not so much uneaten cecos

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    Hello thanks for the reply. He has had more or less the same foods for the last year aside from the very recent changes and has had the issue both before and after the change, but I am going to bear this in mind...thanks

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    Hello the not eating the cecos was mentioned by the vet. He has a litter tray and this has dry normal looking poops, but what is caked round his bum is dark and wet so cecos I think? I can't imagine that the carbs is an issues...but have thought about stopping the Natures diet which could be the only source of any carbs and giving him just timothy for a couple of weeks to see what happens? I do think he is noticibly thinner since I cut his food and he is 5.5 pounds now so I can say for certain he was over his weight...probably not helpful.

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    One thought I have - not exactly diet related, but have you coated him with rearguard (anti flystrike) - if he has a smelly and sticky bottom, it will be a magnet for flies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachy View Post
    Hello the not eating the cecos was mentioned by the vet. He has a litter tray and this has dry normal looking poops, but what is caked round his bum is dark and wet so cecos I think? I can't imagine that the carbs is an issues...but have thought about stopping the Natures diet which could be the only source of any carbs and giving him just timothy for a couple of weeks to see what happens? I do think he is noticibly thinner since I cut his food and he is 5.5 pounds now so I can say for certain he was over his weight...probably not helpful.
    It definitely sounds like cecos. How much muesli do you feed? Its a good plan to continue to get his weight down, he is pretty heavy for a mini lop who should be 3.5-4 pounds

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    Has the Vet checked his teeth ? Rabbits with Dental problems can get a mucky bum. Being over-weight is another contributory factor

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-h...sticky-bottom/


    You say you are providing hay, but is he actually eating LOTS of it ? A Rabbit's diet should be 80%-90% hay.

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-c...e/rabbit-diet/

    http://www.therabbithouse.com/diet/

    To me it sounds as though he was filling up on the Muesli and not bothering much about hay. Then you cut back on the Muesli, which was certainly a good idea, but he may have some over long/sharp teeth making hay eating difficult. So I would want to be certain that your Rabbit does not have any Dental issues. He is also a brachycephalic breed and they are prone to Dental problems

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/charitie...health-issues/

    https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/char...bits-and-cats/


    I agree with Craig re being very mindful about the high risk of Flystrike

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-h...ess/flystrike/
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    Thank you for the reply. Deffo not flystrike, we bathed his bum again yesterday and started him on the Fibreplex and after just one dose I can see some improvement...so I am hoping that this what the vet thought an an imbalance in his gut flora...I am grateful for the suggestions though, thank you all and if you do think of anything else shout up

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    Hello I am certain this is a ceco issue...but the fibreplex has clearly given him some benefit. I had thought they could be up to 5.5 pounds but maybe he is still too fat though he looks good now...will try and trim him down a bit more. He gets a cup of his muelsli...but this muelsli has hardly any nuggets, it is grasses and flowers...the vet says a good one...but maybe I should cut it out for a couple of weeks and just to the timothy?

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