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    Default Cecal dysbiosis made worse by hay only diet

    Obi's been struggling with cecal dysbiosis for a long time now. He had coccidiosis which we treated for and he's now tested clear. Until now, he would occassional have small amounts of totally liquid poo (usually after a stressful event) and almost always had some very moist squishy poops in amongst his normal ones in the litter tray.
    We recently switched him on to a hay only diet to try and solve the problem. His normal poops have improved but the liquid poo has got much worse and we're still getting the odd moist/squishy regular poos. For the last week he's been leaving quite large puddles of the liquid poo at least once a day.
    He has some small spurs on his teeth but they don't seem to be affecting him, he's still chomping through loads of hay every day.

    I'm going to take him back to the vet asap but I wondered if anyone had any experience and new what might be a good next step? I hate going in with no idea.

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    Obi's been struggling with cecal dysbiosis for a long time now. He had coccidiosis which we treated for and he's now tested clear. Until now, he would occassional have small amounts of totally liquid poo (usually after a stressful event) and almost always had some very moist squishy poops in amongst his normal ones in the litter tray.
    We recently switched him on to a hay only diet to try and solve the problem. His normal poops have improved but the liquid poo has got much worse and we're still getting the odd moist/squishy regular poos. For the last week he's been leaving quite large puddles of the liquid poo at least once a day.
    He has some small spurs on his teeth but they don't seem to be affecting him, he's still chomping through loads of hay every day.

    I'm going to take him back to the vet asap but I wondered if anyone had any experience and new what might be a good next step? I hate going in with no idea.
    Is he losing weight ?


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    How long has he been on the hay only diet?
    I guess you have tried some pre/pro-biotics like fibreplex
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    He may have lost a small amount of weight since the huge lots of liquid poo started, my scales we misbehaving yesterday so it was hard to tell.

    He's been on the hay only diet for just over two weeks. Initially it was ok, then someone in the next street was using professional level fireworks which scared the literal **** out of him and it had been really bad and steadily getting worse since then (normally he'd recover in a day or two from a scare like that).

    Protexin pro fibre was one of his regular foods and I've been adding that back in since Saturday night to see if it would help. Since then the amount of liquid poo has seriously declined. I think we had a few drips yesterday and nothing so far overnight or this morning. I did have an oddity last night where he had some normal fibrous golden poos but they were all shaped and squished together like cecals. Don't think I've ever seen that before.

    Besides the fact his digestive system isn't working at all how it's supposed to, he seems absolutely fine. He's happy and bouncy and his physical condition (eyes, nose, coat) is good.

    ETA: no liquid poo at all so far today
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    No liquid poo yesterday or today since putting him back on the protexin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleKat View Post
    No liquid poo yesterday or today since putting him back on the protexin.
    I'd keep him on them then Glad he's OK within himself xx


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    I'm picking up a presciption for Metronidazole today, I hope we can finally sort this

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    He's been on the metronidazole for a week now but he is still having the liquid poo. Does anyone happen to know if that's likely to clear up once the antibiotic is stopped? I Feel so defeated.

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    He's been on the metronidazole for a week now but he is still having the liquid poo. Does anyone happen to know if that's likely to clear up once the antibiotic is stopped? I Feel so defeated.
    Unless there is a Metronidazole sensitive bacterial infection causing the liquid poo Metronidazole will make no difference x


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    I know I'm clutching at straws because you've never seen him and you're not a vet, but do you have any idea what a next logical step would be? The vet said dental would be the next thing to do as he has some very small spurs but I can't imagine that's the cause.

    The symptoms:
    He frequently has completely liquid poo. Sometimes he seems to think that it'll be cecotrophs and bends round to eat it but it's just puddles on the floor.
    He semi-regularly has very moist formed poos and normal poo coated in the brown liquid.
    Occasionally he has pasty poo
    His normal poos are good but they always have a slight coating to them. You can't see it but they're slightly slick and sometimes sticky if you touch them.

    He's been treated for coccidiosis which he tested positive for a long time ago and has since tested negative
    We've tried a hay only diet but that made things worse so he's now on protexin pro fibre rabbit which helps but doesn't solve the issue.
    He's had a course of metronidazole which hasn't helped.

    For what it's worth, his bad patches are usually triggered by stress. He's a very nervous rabbit and gets stressed easily.

    Poor guy is on his own at the moment and I'm desperate to get him a friend but it feels like I need to get this sorted first.

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