HELP/RABBIT SICK??

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HELP/RABBIT SICK??

Post by Allof Mi » Mon, 23 Oct 2006 10:53:02



TO ANY AND ALL, I NEED YOUR HELP!!
THANK YOU!!!!
iam babysitting my neighbors rabbit, for the last 5 days,he has eaten
just fine....
a bag of cilantro, carrots, radishes the size of a sandwich plastic
ziploc bag
plus less than half a apple mid day,
and one more bag around 6 oclock
aways  cleaned he's plate, until 5 minutes
ago. i went to give him his evening bag
of food oh ya i also give him some hay
and a mixer of seeds and what have you.
anyways he has only eaten a bit or two
this is a first, iam worried, his mama is not coming back until
tuesday... i checked his eyes and nose,,, his eyes are clear and white,
his nose is not dry just moist
like normal......  IS HE SICK?  OR JUST MISS'S HIS MAMA. WHAT CAN IT
BE...........................
Thank you for your help, it has been appreciated by Gena
 
 
 

HELP/RABBIT SICK??

Post by Nona » Mon, 23 Oct 2006 12:37:46


Hello,

I assume the food you are giving the rabbit is what the rabbit's owner
suggested or left for you to give.

However, as someone who has had rabbits for many years, I have to tell
you that I would not give any size rabbit half an apple.

That is way too much sweet stuff for a rabbit in one sitting, IMO.

Also, it is not recommended that rabbits get any kind or quantity of
*seeds.* You did not say what kind of seeds the rabbit was given, but
most rabbit people think seeds for a rabbit are a very bad idea.

You can get very specific and very good advice about what the rabbit
should eat at www.rabbit.org. or carrotcafe.com.

Of course, as a bunnysitter, you do not want to start making radical
changes in this animal's diet.

However--since you do not want it to be sick, I strongly recommend that
you read up on what it should be fed, and try to eliminate those things
that it should not be getting.

The rabbit may have gas.  This is very common is rabbits who get too
much rich/sweet stuff. (For a rabbit, half an apple and seeds are much
too much rich/sweet stuff, IMO.)

You can give baby gas drops or see if the rabbit will eat half or a
whole simethicone tablet (GasCon or any other brand) of antigas med.
(You cannot OD the rabbit on this--the rabbit can have any amount it
will take., but one tab will be plenty.) My bunnies will munch the
peppermint-flavored ones.  This may help if the rabbit is having gastric
distress.

If the bunny will sit still or if you can hold it still either on the
ground, a table, or your lap, you can very, very gently rub its tummy to
help break up the gas.  If the tummy feels bloated and distended, gas is
a good bet.

If the rabbit is hunched up and if it continues not to eat, you should
get it to a rabbit-savvy vet ASAP for sub-cutaneous fluids and perhaps
medications/ and or some other treatment. The problem could be
non-gastric. A rabbit in pain will often not eat.

Here is a website that has a list of great rabbit veterinarians:
http://members.shaw.ca/cocoasun/RabbitVetsMain.htm

I hope, as I am sure you do, that the bunny is simply not hungry at the
moment.  But if he is due to be hungry, that I agree with you, you have
cause to be concerned.

Nona

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Quote:

> TO ANY AND ALL, I NEED YOUR HELP!!
> THANK YOU!!!!
> iam babysitting my neighbors rabbit, for the last 5 days,he has eaten
> just fine....
> a bag of cilantro, carrots, radishes the size of a sandwich plastic
> ziploc bag
> plus less than half a apple mid day,
> and one more bag around 6 oclock
> aways  cleaned he's plate, until 5 minutes
> ago. i went to give him his evening bag
> of food oh ya i also give him some hay
> and a mixer of seeds and what have you.
> anyways he has only eaten a bit or two
> this is a first, iam worried, his mama is not coming back until
> tuesday... i checked his eyes and nose,,, his eyes are clear and white,
> his nose is not dry just moist
> like normal......  IS HE SICK?  OR JUST MISS'S HIS MAMA. WHAT CAN IT
> BE...........................
> Thank you for your help, it has been appreciated by Gena

 
 
 

HELP/RABBIT SICK??

Post by Arlette & Coco » Mon, 23 Oct 2006 14:22:10


Hi Gena,
Is this rabbit living outdoors? That isn't the best diet as Nona said, but
if he is used to that well, it may not be the food. If he is living
outdoors, rabbits have different nutritional needs, but since you are not
the owner, you can't make diet decisions for the bunny.

I think perhaps the stress of his owner not being around could be affecting
him. As Nona said, it is most likely gas...get some baby gas medicine into
him and very gently rub his tummy if he will let you. He may take the baby
gas meds on his own, some are flavours rabbits like, if not, put the dropper
in the side of his mouth where there aren't teeth and gently squeeze some
into his mouth. Not too much at a time or he could choke.
You can also try using a hot water bottle covered with a towel, or a heating
pad against his stomach. That helps get rid of gas as is soothing. Just be
careful if you use a heating pad that the cord isn't accessible: he could
chew it.
Heat usually got my Brownie through a gas attack.

Did the owner leave the name of the rabbit's veterinarian? If he doesn't eat
in 24 hours, then he needs to go to the vet. Rabbits can die from not
eating.
If you need to find a vet check my link below, or the one Nona gave you,
they are the same.
Let us know how things are going.
--
God Bless,
Arlette, Cocoa & Brownie in heaven (See us here
http://photos.yahoo.com/cocoa3c
Need a vet? Click here
<http://www.rabbitvet.net>

 
 
 

HELP/RABBIT SICK??

Post by Arlette & Coco » Tue, 24 Oct 2006 12:49:17


Hi Gena,
Is the rabbit eating anything today?
The reason I asked if it was an outdoor rabbit is because they need more
calories (because they have to keep themselves warm and have more
environmental stimuli) and can eat stuff that indoor rabbits wouldn't need
or be so good for them. My Cocoa was born outdoors and I have some
experience with outdoor rabbits. Cocoa's parents ate huge whole carrots;
Cocoa who lives indoors could never eat that without getting poopy butt.
Seeds and things aren't the best for rabbit guts, but if these rabbits are
living outdoors as you told me, they need the proteins and fats to keep warm
etc. (wild rabbits living outside would eat these sorts of things) Of course
they could get their dietary needs from alfalfa hay, but you didn't mention
if the bunny is getting hay. Hay is what keeps a rabbit's gut in good
health. If you can give some hay, that would help.

Is there any good clean fresh grass you can give the bunny? Grass could help
entice him to eat, just make sure it doesn't have weed/bug spray on
it...wash it well.

You mentioned in your email that you had given grapes...
Does the rabbit's owner usually feed them grapes? Though they have quite a
bit of sugar in them, if he will eat anything right now, eating something is
better than eating nothing. You could also try some nice washed/wet parsley.

--
God Bless,
Arlette, Cocoa & Brownie in heaven (See us here
http://photos.yahoo.com/cocoa3c
Need a vet? Click here
<http://www.rabbitvet.net>