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Help w my senior bunny

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Rabbits are prey animals and they are very good at hiding her pain, so it is possible she is in pain. Often GI stasis happens when a bunny does not eat because of pain.
Excessive drinking may be a sign of kidney problems, diabetes, uti, or other issues. Rabbits can also get bladder sludge, crystals in their urine, or bladder stones that can result in urine dripping and incontinence. These can be painful and some can be addressed with proper treatment.
A vet assessment with x-rays, urinalysis and blood work should be done by your vet.
Also four pounds sounds heavy for a dwarf, though she may be a mixed breed.
I have never used infant Advil in a rabbit so I have no idea if it is safe or effective.
You can create a thread asking others if they can recommend a rabbit specialist in your area.
welcome to the forum. Your bunny is obviously much loved. I do think its a good idea to get other rabbit keepers views, especially if you are not confident with the vet care you can access, although ultimately you have raised several points that would warrant a vet visit & I would definitely recommend that. Older bunnies often have arthritis & there are lots of things you can do to make life more comfortable. I use dog beds as litter trays for easier access. Heat sources, good traction on the floor etc help. Arthritis symptoms do seem to come & go. The urinary issues need exploration. I think a vet could assess her needs through physical exam, blood tests & probably xray. Hunched bunny posture is something that points to a bunny being in pain - not to be confused with a bunny loaf. There are several indicators of pain - posture, tooth grinding, not eating, hiding away. There is a grimace scale for rabbits that helps to identify levels of pain (or not).

I reckon if you call the best vet practice you can, investigate which vet is most interested & experienced with rabbits, book appt with them & take a list of your concerns with possible ideas of a way forward . Taking a sterile urine sample would prob be beneficial.

Lots of well wishes for your bun

She is tolerating bandages well on her hind paws which I have encased with some vaseline. She is showing her discontent by knawing at the pee pads though. *She is even loafing after a whole day is discomfort (her lack of loafing and relaxing is what alerted me)* 🥺

How often do I change these bandages and can I leave them on overnight? I am watching to see if they soil after she goes to the litterbox, and the first attempt they remained dry! woohoo! She is an indoor bun free-roaming.

When do we know we can stop using bandages? Would love to get her healing going while we wait for the vet.
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Only use lukewarm water to rinse her sore area. NO SOAP. You can even boil and cool the water it to make sure water is very clean if she has any cracked or open skin.
Keep it dry
Since bandage padding helping, make sure she does not chew bandages.
Keep it open to the air as much as possible.