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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > URGENT... CHESTER NOT EATING!!!
Last Post by Chesters Mommy at 9/29/2012 12:28 AM (16 Replies)
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User is Offline Chesters Mommy
Sydney, Australia
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8/04/2012 1:59 AM
Please help. He was fine this morning. Gave him grass about midday (as per usual) he had a little nibble and that was it. Poops seem smaller, he's not eating. Offered his favourite treats as a bribe but he just turned away. It's late, the vets are closed and so are the stores. What do I do? Do I try and force feed him some mushed up pellets? I don't have the critical care stuff.

Any suggestions? I'm in tears with panic. He's my baby and I don't want to see him this way
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User is Offline Chesters Mommy
Sydney, Australia
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8/04/2012 2:10 AM
I heard him move around his room so I went and offered him a treat. He took a few nibbles. I suppose this is a good sign right? He's been pretty quiet most of the afternoon. So it's good that he is moving again. I'm still worried though
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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8/04/2012 2:25 AM
If he still hasn't eaten much come morning, call up the vet and see if you can bring him in. Hope he eats!

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/04/2012 2:32 AM
Do you have any Simethicone? Its very important stuff to always have on hand.

You could try force feeding some pellets. It couldn't hurt. Also, you can try some gentle tummy massages.

((((((Feel Better Chester)))))
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
Scotland
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8/04/2012 2:47 AM
((Vibes for Chester)) *Hugs for you*
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User is Offline TH004
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8/04/2012 3:04 AM
Simethicone is actually baby gas meds sold over the counter at any grocery store or quick stop, such as Walgreens. You can buy some. For my 4.5 lb rabbit, I can give .3 to .5 ml/ up to 3 times a day. That makes a huge difference! Also belly rubs. This site teaches you how to do it: http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

Personally, I would force feed. I don't let a rabbit go a day without food. I would first try different hays, pineapple fruit/juice (helps break up blockages), and salad, especially kale.

User is Offline TH004
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8/04/2012 3:10 AM
Something I've noticed and read while researching GI Stasis in the past (when you have one rabbit who passed b/c of it and another who keeps getting it, you research it like crazy!) is that love can go a long way. Your buns doesn't feel good. Rabbits give up quickly when they don't feel good. Give him lots of love and attention. If he doesn't want pets, just sit near him and talk. It makes the biggest difference for my buns. (However, don't stress him out more by picking him up, etc.)
I take stasis very seriously. I would call around and see if there is a place you could get in. The vet can do a tummy rub, B-complex vitamin shot, inject him with fluids, put a shot of Reglan in his tummy and give you some prescriptions for pain and gut mobility. I know over here, if I call and say he is showing signs of GI Stasis, I get right in. Make sure to demand pain meds. They are necessary for any rabbit in pain (see previously referenced website).

(((healing vibes)))

User is Offline kamdynandsunshinesmom
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8/04/2012 3:31 AM
I would take him to the vet asap. My rabbit had the same problem 2 days ago and I took her yesterday to the vet and here she was dehydrated and her body was going into GI Stasis. She is on medication and is eating a little bit of parsley. Keep us posted. Hope everything goes ok for you bunny. Prayers are coming your buns way.

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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8/04/2012 4:51 AM
Vibes for Chester Let us know what the vet says.
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User is Offline Chesters Mommy
Sydney, Australia
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8/04/2012 4:52 AM
Thank you all so much for the detailed responses Chester is fine now. Which I'm really happy about, but totally puzzled as to what was wrong. All afternoon he refused food, and kept moving unusual like pushing his tummy down (which is a common symptom for gas right?).

I really wish I created a bunny emergency kit before I purchased my bun. I got him back in January and he is my first rabbit so I panic over the most minute thing

Any suggestions as to what to always keep in a bunny emergency kit? Because let's be honest, all problems happen at night and on weekends

He gobbled up all the grass I gave him and is munching on pellets lol. He's sitting there looking at me like what's wrong mum? *munch munch munch*
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/04/2012 7:14 AM
Glad little Chester bun is better! Good question I'd like to know what to have in an emergency kit too
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User is Offline kamdynandsunshinesmom
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8/04/2012 7:33 AM
I am glad chester is doing fine as well. My bunny experienced that to. I am hoping my bunny is doing fine by tomorrow or monday. Healing vibes and prayers for you and chester. Also I am sure where you live. If you live where it is hot out the heat could have had something to do with it.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/04/2012 8:41 AM
Make sure he poops, also. Be sure to give him water, and washed greens. The hay is much more important for him to eat right now than the pellets.
I think in the bunny info. section there may be a list of emergency care items to have in the house. Either that, or it's a post at the top of the forum with the thumbtack symbol. I know that K&K had made a comprehensive list. You can also keyword search "emergency kit" and see which posts pop up.

I would get the simethicone in the house. [One thing that is no longer recommended is Petromalt in a tube for cats. I find that a tiny bit, about 1/2 inch, one time, can get things moving again. It's more like a small product used sparingly to keep on hand, like you would take a tums for a little indigestion.]

Keep a close watch on him and consider getting an appointment with the vet on Monday, especially if his poos are small, hard, or misshapen or he does very few.

Another thing to keep in mind, for example if it's due to a painful tooth, is that you can make a pellet slurry by crushing pellets into water with a bit of apple juice flavoring and syringe feed it instead of Critical Care. Have some Critical Care in the house as well. You can order a bag now and it will be there for the next time.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/04/2012 8:44 AM
I just want to add that the first thing to do is call your vet anyway, regardless of the day or time. You will probably get an answering service, and they might have an emergency pager. Even if the vet is closed, you can discuss on the phone what the symptoms are and what your vet recommends you do next.
Also, find the number of an emergency pet hospital in your area that sees animals 24/7. Just call and ask if they see bunnies, and tuck that phone number in your supplies for future reference. Of course, if your vet can recommend who to call when she's closed that's even better.
Even if your vet doesn't answer, usually you can leave a message, or shoot off an email and someone will get it and get back to you on Monday if not sooner. You can talk about how the rest of the weekend went and see if he does or does not need an appointment by then.
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User is Offline TH004
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8/04/2012 11:18 AM
During that meeting with your vet, I would ask him/her about what to do in case of an emergency or if an issue comes up. Ask the vet how much simethicone to administer and how to do belly rubs. We always have a can of pineapple fruit in juice in the pantry, just in case. Always run to the grocery if something happens, to mix up greens with some things that smell good, such as mint, to get buns excited about eating again. Critical Care being on hand is great!

Also, catching things early is key. Giving your rabbit simethicone, belly rubs, and pineapple will never hurt (I just asked my vet today! Mine is getting over Stasis, but is acting a little off, but pooing/eating as usual, so she gave him a shot of pain meds. He is so happy!). Something I always forget is that behavior changes (stand-off'ish, biting if didn't before, etc.) are signs that buns likely doesn't feel good and is trying to tell you.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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8/05/2012 3:50 AM
I'm glad to hear Chester is feeling better. Sounds like gas to me. Sometimes they can get a very mild case, sometimes it can be horribly painful and require vet assistance.

Definitely get some Simethicone. Ask your pharmacist for baby gas drops if you can't find any. I use Ovol brand. Not sure if that's available where you are. As soon as one of my buns shows symptoms of gas, I administer a dose. I'm a big believer in Simethicone. It's helped many a tummy upset/unwilling to eat bunny in my house. Even if it doesn't help, it can't hurt to give a couple of doses while waiting to get into your vet. If you catch it early enough, and it's just gas, sometimes that's all it takes. If you find your bunny is getting gas episodes frequently, definitely bring him in for a checkup to try to determine the cause.
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User is Offline Chesters Mommy
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9/29/2012 12:28 AM

Hi all 

Thank you all do much for the replies. I haven't been online for a while due to being extremely busy with uni work 


I am most definitely going to be creating an emergency bunny kit! Thanks for all the tips 

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