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Help for sick rabbit

Post by Lisa Denkinge » Tue, 17 Sep 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

> We have a 10-month old bunny who has been sick for 6 days. Oscar is not drinking water
> or eating pelletss. He eats some hay, a few treats now and then, and no veggies. Vet's
> diagnosis: probably not a hair ball, possibly "stress enteritis." He has been given
> Baytril and ***sulfatrim, subcutaneous fluids 2X daily, plus blended vegetables by
> syringe, and "bunny***tails." Oscar's behavior and droppings are fine.
> Has anyone experience with these symptons, and helpful ideas?


I wish I could tell you I had the answer, but I do have a couple of
things that might help.  
First I'd suggest trying the following recipe for a force-feeding
mixture:

2 huge Tablespoons pure canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon pellet powder (ground to a *dust* in a clean coffee mill,
nothing
else works to do this)
1/4 tsp. acidophilus powder
1/4 tsp. Prozyme, if you have it
1 Tablespoon banana baby food
add Pedialyte or Lactated Ringers to make the consistency what you want
it to
be

This is a recipe I found on a mailing list some time ago and I've heard
rave reviews.  It should help provide a good balance of nutrition.

I'd also suggest that your vet contact one of the following vets for a
consultation.  

Dr. Susan Brown
(708) 344-8166
(She's in the Chicago area)

Dr. Jeffery Jenkins
(619)260-1412  (San Diego, CA area

Dr. Carolyn Harvey
(510)654-8375 (she's in Oakland, CA)

These vets are some of the best in the country, if they can't help your
vet find an answer to your problem I doubt if anyone can.

Good luck!

Lisa

 
 
 

Help for sick rabbit

Post by Donn San » Tue, 17 Sep 1996 04:00:00


We have a 10-month old bunny who has been sick for 6 days. Oscar is not drinking water
or eating pelletss. He eats some hay, a few treats now and then, and no veggies. Vet's
diagnosis: probably not a hair ball, possibly "stress enteritis." He has been given
Baytril and ***sulfatrim, subcutaneous fluids 2X daily, plus blended vegetables by
syringe, and "bunny***tails." Oscar's behavior and droppings are fine.
Has anyone experience with these symptons, and helpful ideas?

 
 
 

Help for sick rabbit

Post by Jessica Cor » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


> > We have a 10-month old bunny who has been sick for 6 days. Oscar is not drinking water
> > or eating pelletss. He eats some hay, a few treats now and then, and no veggies. Vet's
> > diagnosis: probably not a hair ball, possibly "stress enteritis." He has been given
> > Baytril and ***sulfatrim, subcutaneous fluids 2X daily, plus blended vegetables by
> > syringe, and "bunny***tails." Oscar's behavior and droppings are fine.
> > Has anyone experience with these symptons, and helpful ideas?

> I wish I could tell you I had the answer, but I do have a couple of
> things that might help.
> First I'd suggest trying the following recipe for a force-feeding
> mixture:

> 2 huge Tablespoons pure canned pumpkin
> 1 teaspoon pellet powder (ground to a *dust* in a clean coffee mill,
> nothing
> else works to do this)
> 1/4 tsp. acidophilus powder
> 1/4 tsp. Prozyme, if you have it
> 1 Tablespoon banana baby food
> add Pedialyte or Lactated Ringers to make the consistency what you want
> it to
> be

> This is a recipe I found on a mailing list some time ago and I've heard
> rave reviews.  It should help provide a good balance of nutrition.

> I'd also suggest that your vet contact one of the following vets for a
> consultation.

> Dr. Susan Brown
> (708) 344-8166
> (She's in the Chicago area)

> Dr. Jeffery Jenkins
> (619)260-1412  (San Diego, CA area

> Dr. Carolyn Harvey
> (510)654-8375 (she's in Oakland, CA)

> These vets are some of the best in the country, if they can't help your
> vet find an answer to your problem I doubt if anyone can.

> Good luck!

> Lisa

I've seen these symptoms, first hand.  Take your bunny to vet and have
them examine his liver.  I took my Molly into the vet because she was
eating very little, drinking even less, because I thought she had a
hairball.  After taking x-rays, the vet did find a hairball, and began
treating her with mineral oil, and pineapple juice.  The next day she
was eating more and showing signs of improvement.  On the third day I
got a phone call from the vet saying that that morning she had a seizure
and died.  He didn't know what had happened, so did an autopsy.  He
found that she had a bacterial infection in her liver, (the hairball,
and upset to her stomach had made her more suseptable).  The vet didn't
think of examining further to start with because of the obvious
hairball.  Problems with the liver tend to have a lot of the same
symptoms of hairballs.
So Take your bunny back and have his liver checked, just to be safe.
Jessica