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    New here but just looking for some experience really. Have two buns a dental gassy Mini Rex Primrose who has had multiple bouts of stasis always linked to being due for a dental. And a Lionhead mix rescue Rodney who has never been ill before. They're both roughly 3 years old.

    I know all of the signs for Primrose and have all of the meds to start treatment at home. We get metacam and zantac into her. Straight onto critical care and off to the vets for a dental once shes eating independently. She bounces back in a few days with the right medicine and plenty of baby food bribes.

    But Rodney we've never had this before. We're on week two of Metaclop, Zantac, Metacam,Baby Gas Drops and critical care.

    He eats a bit and is pooping a bit, he never stopped both but everything was slow. Volume of poop is increasing slowly but I feel this may be as I'm getting better at getting more critical care into him.

    He's not seen a vet yet as they were happy to prescribe to get him back on track as he was still pooping and he has a fair bit of cecals coming though and hes still eating those. I want to get him in on Tuesday which is when I run out of meds.

    He has done some larger poops which seemed to gave hair mats in and he was overgrooming which seems to have settled now.

    Has anyone else has to support their bun with feeds this long? Hes in great spirits but we're all exhausted from the medicine and food schedule and my poor DH is covered in scratches.

    I've bought fibreplex today to see if it might help us. Hes not drinking a great deal but the critical care I make is pretty loose so I'm thinking he's getting his liquids that way?

    He hates anything sweet which is unfortunate because I have apple and banana critical care. Although one of the only things he gobbles is dried plantain but I'm not sure if I should give him too much.

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    Hi there

    I'm really sorry to read that Rodney is poorly. One of my rabbits once had a really bad bout of stasis that lasted for two weeks. During that time she hardly ate anything for herself and had to be constantly syringe fed.

    The one thing that seemed to turn things around was increasing the metacam dosage. At the time I hadn't realised that the vet who had first seen her had prescribed a very low dosage for her weight range. That meant that she wasn't getting adequate pain relief, which in turn prolonged the whole episode. So, when you take Rodney to the vet it'll definitely be worth discussing the pain meds.

    In the meantime, I'd keep giving him the plantain if that's what he wants to eat. My understanding is that plantain is very good for getting things moving through the gut so it's more likely to benefit him rather than cause harm. Bramble leaves are also excellent for a rabbit's digestive system if he'll eat them.

    I hope Rodney starts to feel better soon. It is exhausting nursing a bunny through stasis for so long!

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    Fluids are a really important part of the treatment of stasis as the ingested matter becomes dehydrated quickly when the GI tract motility is compromised. So fluids given IV or subcutaneously as well as orally are extremely beneficial.

    Trying to determine any primary cause of the stasis is also necessary, as you will know from having Primrose to deal with. Just treating the symptoms of stasis may not be curative if there is an underlying problem.

    Personally I would definitely want the Vet to examine Rodney ASAP and run any diagnostics deemed to be necessary. In the meantime I would try to up his fluid intake in any way you can. Aim to get at least 50ml-100ml/kg (his weight) into him daily.

    Does he eat fresh veg/herbs/grass/forage ? Increasing these food types will help with his water intake.


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    There have been times I had to syringe feed for three or four weeks as their only source of nutrition or to supplement their eating.
    It can seem like they are eating a lot of critical care, especially if you are making it loose, yet it can take much more than we realize for bunnies to have an appropriate amount of output. Your bunny is passing material, including small amounts of fur ingested during grooming, and that is a positive.
    Jane already advised you on fluids , greens, and determining the underlying reason for stasis, and that is good advice.
    Would your bunny eat softened pellets on his own? Could you grind his regular food into a powder and mix it with critical care so it has a more familiar taste?
    Sending you and your bunny some positive vibes.

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    Thank you all for your replies. He is eating some limited greens and I have been wetting them. He will nibble especially coriander/cilantro and romaine lettuce.

    He did a massive pile of normal poos this morning which was encouraging. No string or bigger furry ones at all. Followed by some hay munching especially of his hay cookie.

    I dont have pellets at all as Primrose isnt allowed any as they are also a stasis trigger for her and if she saw or smelled Rodney getting them I would fear for us all, she can be creative if snubbed. Their bond while lovely now has taken a year to settle and food can still sometimes cause some dispute. So we cut them out for both of them.

    I've switched to fine grind critical care this morning as the apple banana pack ran out. He did seem to take it better and I've added syringing a couple mls of lukewarm fresh coriander tea each feed.

    He wont take more than 15ish ml of anything so i get his meds in first then the rest is food and then the water at the end but possibly I should try more liquids? I'm feeding him 4 times a day as he gets so stressed. Wont take anything from a bowl or spoon and Primrose hoovers up anything dropped from feeds or in an accessible place.

    I'm sad I've had to remove all blankets and vetbed from their area as he was attempting to eat it all. Primrose has sore hocks so I'm really hoping to be able to find something soft but edible for them to sit on. They're on lino with straw but seem to prefer sitting on the lino possibly as it's hot out.

    I have him on a 7.5kg dog metacam dose every 12 hours. He's 2.3kg normally. My Dh says he doesnt appear to be loosing weight but we cant actually check. He's giving him regular belly rubs when allowed and theres no guarding or signs of pain. Until recently he'd been overgrooming but that's stopped now so I wonder if that's a pain sign for him?

    I feel awful that I havent taken him in to the vets yet but they were insistent on a home regime as he was pooping still. He will be going as soon as they open on Tuesday although he finds it hideously stressful which is on his notes so possibly why they didnt want him straight in.

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    You could put a thick bed of hay down so it won't matter if it is eaten. Do they eat hay?

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    They are hay munchers but I suspect because its warm Primrose keeps digging the straw away and sitting on just lino. Her hocks look normal for her at the moment I just worry about them getting worse.

    In fact I'm a total worry wort about them both ar the moment. I tried syringing Rodney more fluids and just ended up covering both of us.

    He seems to only want stuff he can chew lightly. I'm starting to suspect teeth trouble as I've noticed he eats about an hour after his metacam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarelessSquid07 View Post
    They are hay munchers but I suspect because its warm Primrose keeps digging the straw away and sitting on just lino. Her hocks look normal for her at the moment I just worry about them getting worse.

    In fact I'm a total worry wort about them both ar the moment. I tried syringing Rodney more fluids and just ended up covering both of us.

    He seems to only want stuff he can chew lightly. I'm starting to suspect teeth trouble as I've noticed he eats about an hour after his metacam.
    Or his ears. Especially if he is a Lop breed. Rabbits with ear pain can find eating to be painful, especially hard food.


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    Hmm I've not considered ears before. Hes not a lop but he is very sensitive to ear touches so I've only ever given visual inspections.

    Last night was rough he took his meds but barely anything else. Never know whether to be relieved he feels like fighting so much or devastated because I didnt get enough in him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarelessSquid07 View Post
    Hmm I've not considered ears before. Hes not a lop but he is very sensitive to ear touches so I've only ever given visual inspections.

    Last night was rough he took his meds but barely anything else. Never know whether to be relieved he feels like fighting so much or devastated because I didnt get enough in him.
    What is his poo output like now ?


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