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Help! Very Very Sick Rabbit

Post by JUSTIN JENKI » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 01:14:31



Hello Everyone,

My name is Candice and I lurk here alot. Well, now I am in need of
advice. My bunny has been very lethargic, not eating, not moving and I
have not noticed many poops, if any at all.  I took him to the vet
yesterday he said he did not feel any blockage, but he gave him a
cortisone shot and prescribed regulan. .01cc 2 times a day and some kind
of capsule to sprinkle on the food he will not eat. I am holding him
massaging his tummy, loving him and letting him sometimes just be alone
like he seems to want. I went for critical care but the pet store was
not yet open so, i went to the vet's office and we got something called
rebound.  I am giving hin 6 cc every 3 hours. He has not eaten in about
2 1/2 days. I am soooooo worried. Is there anything else I can do? What
are is chances of a full recovery? How long does this stuff take to
work? I took him yesterday around 2:00 p.m.  The vet said to bring him
in for an x-ray if I see no improvements by Monday. Any advice and
prayers greatly needed and appreciated.

Thank You,
Candice, Justin, and a very ill Cadbury.

 
 
 

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Post by michel » Sun, 17 Aug 2003 14:15:15


Hi Candice,

I how that this is very scary. I just went through this with my little
boy a couple weeks ago and one I my bunnies always seem to go through
this a shedding time.

To start here as a good article for you to read.
http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

You also might want to try some simethicone. You can get it at any
drug/grocery store/walmart type place. I usually get the baby gas
medicine. 1-2 cc can be given every hour for up to three doses ( this is
directly from the above article). Simethicone helps to break up the gas
bubbles in the stomach and there is no danger in overdosing.

Another thing that I've found helpful is liquid. It seems to me that
dehydration adds to this problem. This best thing would be to get some
sub-q fluids administered from the vet. If that isn't possible you can
try pedilite. (also available in the children's section of the store)
This has electrolytes in it that also seem to help remarkable. Or you
might want to try unsweetened juice, apple or pineapple come to mind. I
hope the vet provided you with a syringe because you are probable going
to have to help/force this fluid in Cadbury. And once again you can't
have too much liquid in Cadbury.

I'm not familiar with rebound, but it is CRITICAL that you keep
something in Cadbury's stomach. You might want to pick up some baby food
at the market also. I know that Laurie was mixing that with the critical
care.

And last but not least HAY, HAY and more HAY. Maybe you could go to the
pet store and pick up some treat kind of hay i.e. alfalfa.

It might take a couple days before the Reglan "works" it took  two days
when my Cephas last had this. Yes you can expect a full recovery but it
is CRITICAL that you keep something in Cadbury's tummy. If Cadbury goes
into full G.I. Statis it could literally take months for recovery.

Prayers are headed your way and please keep us updated!

michele and the gang.

 
 
 

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Post by Nona » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 04:10:23


Candice,

Cadbury needs sub-cutaneous fluids.  They are the best things for a gut
slowdown.  He also needs force feeding with something like Critical care
or watered down pellets.

You need a big (like 30 cc) needleless syringe to feed him this.

He needs the sub-cu fluids as soon as you can find a competent vet to
give them, and he may need them daily.  If you are handy with bunnies,
you may be able to learn to do this yourself.

Where are you?  Perhaps we could receommend a better vet.

A good rabbit vet should know to give fluids urgently when a rabbit is
in the shape of Cadbury.

Nona

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Quote:

> Hello Everyone,

> My name is Candice and I lurk here alot. Well, now I am in need of
> advice. My bunny has been very lethargic, not eating, not moving and I
> have not noticed many poops, if any at all.  I took him to the vet
> yesterday he said he did not feel any blockage, but he gave him a
> cortisone shot and prescribed regulan. .01cc 2 times a day and some kind
> of capsule to sprinkle on the food he will not eat. I am holding him
> massaging his tummy, loving him and letting him sometimes just be alone
> like he seems to want. I went for critical care but the pet store was
> not yet open so, i went to the vet's office and we got something called
> rebound.  I am giving hin 6 cc every 3 hours. He has not eaten in about
> 2 1/2 days. I am soooooo worried. Is there anything else I can do? What
> are is chances of a full recovery? How long does this stuff take to
> work? I took him yesterday around 2:00 p.m.  The vet said to bring him
> in for an x-ray if I see no improvements by Monday. Any advice and
> prayers greatly needed and appreciated.

> Thank You,
> Candice, Justin, and a very ill Cadbury.

 
 
 

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Post by Anit » Mon, 18 Aug 2003 06:01:56


Candice, Please copy the article that Michele gave you the link to (Dana
Kempels) and take it with you to your vet's office.  The Reglan is a good
start.  He will also need sub-Q fluids.  Your doctor can give your bunny
some, and give you a syringe or two of fluids to take home with you.  Giving
the fluids can be challenging, but it is vital.  The fluids go throughout
the body, including the gut.  The extra fluid in the gut helps loosen the
bowel contents and get them moving.

What you describe sounds like GI stasis and it is deadly.  Please read
Dana's article tonight and get your rabbit back into the vet tomorrow.  The
article will tell you all you need to know.

Rabbits' stomachs secrete acid all the time, so it is important to try to
get a bit of food into your rabbit every three or so hours, if possible.
Critical Care requires a prescription.  For a quick aid, you can get some
baby food -- perhaps some made from garden veggies.  Use an eye dropper or
needle-less syringe to feed your rabbit as much as he will take.  I am glad
that you are feeding him the Rebound, though I don't know what is in it.

GI stasis is a wait-and-see thing usually.  Vets use fluids and digestive
tract stimulants.  Surgery is a very last resort, since the outcome is
usually not good for long.

Our thought are with you.  Please let us know how your rabbit is.

Anita and Jessie

Quote:
> Hello Everyone,

> My name is Candice and I lurk here alot. Well, now I am in need of
> advice. My bunny has been very lethargic, not eating, not moving and I
> have not noticed many poops, if any at all.  I took him to the vet
> yesterday he said he did not feel any blockage, but he gave him a
> cortisone shot and prescribed regulan. .01cc 2 times a day and some kind
> of capsule to sprinkle on the food he will not eat. I am holding him
> massaging his tummy, loving him and letting him sometimes just be alone
> like he seems to want. I went for critical care but the pet store was
> not yet open so, i went to the vet's office and we got something called
> rebound.  I am giving hin 6 cc every 3 hours. He has not eaten in about
> 2 1/2 days. I am soooooo worried. Is there anything else I can do? What
> are is chances of a full recovery? How long does this stuff take to
> work? I took him yesterday around 2:00 p.m.  The vet said to bring him
> in for an x-ray if I see no improvements by Monday. Any advice and
> prayers greatly needed and appreciated.

> Thank You,
> Candice, Justin, and a very ill Cadbury.

 
 
 

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Post by Pinktrixrabb » Tue, 19 Aug 2003 05:18:44


Sending healing vibes for Cadbury!

Lisa & the "Fab Four" - Cartman, Wendy, Boo Boo and Hershey

http://www.geocities.com/pinktrixrabbit/Home.html

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Post by Tom Lese » Wed, 20 Aug 2003 14:02:25


How is your bunny doing now?  I hope he's fully recovered, my wife and I
have been praying for him.  Reminds me of when our Patrick was like that for
a couple of days.  We stuck a ton of hay in front of him and finally started
eating some and a little bit later he had a HUGE (for a bunny) poop come out
that was a little soft and he was almost instantly better.  Thank God, we
would've missed a lot of precious moments with that silly little guy.  God
bless him!

Tom


Quote:
> Hello Everyone,

> My name is Candice and I lurk here alot. Well, now I am in need of
> advice. My bunny has been very lethargic, not eating, not moving and I
> have not noticed many poops, if any at all.  I took him to the vet
> yesterday he said he did not feel any blockage, but he gave him a
> cortisone shot and prescribed regulan. .01cc 2 times a day and some kind
> of capsule to sprinkle on the food he will not eat. I am holding him
> massaging his tummy, loving him and letting him sometimes just be alone
> like he seems to want. I went for critical care but the pet store was
> not yet open so, i went to the vet's office and we got something called
> rebound.  I am giving hin 6 cc every 3 hours. He has not eaten in about
> 2 1/2 days. I am soooooo worried. Is there anything else I can do? What
> are is chances of a full recovery? How long does this stuff take to
> work? I took him yesterday around 2:00 p.m.  The vet said to bring him
> in for an x-ray if I see no improvements by Monday. Any advice and
> prayers greatly needed and appreciated.

> Thank You,
> Candice, Justin, and a very ill Cadbury.