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Posted By buddyboo on 11/17/2012 02:54 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for an alternative to critical care? He still needs the extra nutrition and to put some weight back on, but the vet says the stress of force feeding critical care to a rabbit that's fighting it isn't worth it for anyone. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
If he isn't eating anything I've been told by my vet that it is best to force something into their system to get it moving. I just dealt with a bout of stasis so it's all still fresh in my memory. But it sounds like he is eating something so that's really, really good. I agree with Cinnabun's Mom that flavored baby food is a life saver...try mixing up some CC with a fruit or carrot flavored baby food and you may be surprised how much it changes their mind. Also, the CC they give you at the vet is usually the unflavored variety (mine smelled a lot like play-doh!)...Oxbox actually sells CC that comes in flavors (I think one of them is Strawberry Banana) and they sell it in the BB store on this site! My bun likes it a lot better than the unflavored stuff.
Also, ditto again to Cinnabun's mom sentiments on fruits being high in sugar. They should really only be used as treats. Fresh wet leafy greens are usually irresistible to buns and a sneaky way to make sure they are intaking some water when they are not feeling very well.
Thanks all, he is still doing ok. At the time of posting, the vet told me to try to entice him into eating anything (within reason, like the carrots), but he refuses greens. He will not eat cilantro or romaine since he's gotten home from the vet. I have gone back to limiting his carrots and apples but he still won't eat regular bunny food. He turns his nose up at everything now except CC! I called the vet again and she said that he sounds like he is just being picky, his eating is so inconsistent now. She wants us to try to wean him off of CC and push regular foods, but he will not go near pellets and only randomly munches on hay. His poops are still inconsistent too (sometimes dry, sometimes mushy...gross), I'm not sure what antibiotics and reglan combined do to their system. His behavior is still normal, he is even back to binkying around the living room. I've tried heating pellets with water, putting a few drops of juice in his water, etc. It's really frustrating, I just want this little guy to eat normally now that his other issues have been treated **fingers crossed that he stays healthy**
I also haven't tried the baby food thing yet. Is there a specific flavor that would be best? I want to try to stay away from high sugar/carb since he needs his greens.