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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A PLEASE HELP!!

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    • Harry123
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      Hello!

      I have a 1 year old hermaphrodite bunny who has been acting lethargic lately. I haven’t seen her eat or drink much but i have seen her per and poo. My parents are recently divorced and although i try my best to keep them at my moms house, sometimes it’s not possible and so we have been traveling around more. we also went on a road trip a week ago. today i really became aware of it (while at my dads house) and i gave her the proper dosage of baby gas drops. that was two hours ago, and she still hasn’t perked up. i also noticed her eyes are beginning to water. when i offered he banana, she turned the other way which is not like her.

      should i bring her to the vet?

       

       

      thank you in advance 🙂


    • Wick & Fable
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      In terms of an absolute threshold: If she has not poo’d or eaten in 12 hours, that is considered a medical emergency and she needs to be taken to a vet immediately.

      If the cause of not eating is gas-related, there are some at-home measures you can try to help her pass the gas along. Note that if the gas has accumulated to an extent and/or if the cause is not gas, these at-home measures will not be adequate and you need to bring her to a vet: https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Gastrointestinal_stasis#At-home_treatment
      **One of the most important pieces is force-feeding if it has been several hours since your rabbit last ate; however, you must check if your rabbit has a blockage/bloat first before force-feeding– force-feeding a rabbit who is bloated/has blockage worsens the problem, and rabbits with a blockage must go to a vet immediately since there’s nothing at-home to do for a blockage. The Bloat vs. GI Stasis video in the link is important to both watch and listen to to best assess what is the case.

      Hopefully she gets through this episode, and then separately, you will need to talk with a vet and potentially do some assessments to figure out exactly why your rabbit is not eating/drinking as she should. See here for diet information: https://binkybunny.com/infocategory/healthy-diet/ .. it is possible that not only stress, but something medical, such as dental discomfort, is preventing her from eating as she should, and veterinary assessment is needed to understand what’s going on.

       

       

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    • DanaNM
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      Since she has been acting off for a while and turned down a treat, she should definitely be seen by a vet ASAP.

      How is she doing now?

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    • Harry123
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      update:

      she has been taken to the vet and we are waiting for the doctor to come in. they said her vitals were pretty normal.


    • DanaNM
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      Glad you were able to get her in, thanks for the update!

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    • LBJ10
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      What’s the word? Did the vet figure determine the issue?


    • Harry123
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      Sorry for the late update:

      unfortunately the vets were less then helpful and she passed away. I am incredibly ticked off with the clinic and especially the vet tech. She stayed overnight and the next morning I had not received any phone calls as an update, so I called myself and they told me she wasn’t doing well. when I drove over, I asked to see her charts and what treatments they had done and it was clear they weren’t helping. Additionally, the tech gave me COMPLETELY wrong information. I wanted to take her to my original vet but they aren’t open on weekends, so I decided I would take her home and stay up all night. It would be less stressful and we also got hold of the medical director of the house rabbit society for our state and we were calling her that night. She suggested it would be a good idea too. She got home and seemed to be feeling a lot better, and then suddenly, in a matter of about 5 minutes she was crashing, so we immediately rushed her back to the vet and they took her in to get a cathadar IV (i do not think that was spelled correctly). It was maybe a minute after that when she died. We took the body home to let our other bunny grief, and stored it in the fridge until morning when we drove back to the vet to return the body, because they do a complimentary necropsy. Around 2 weeks later, we get a call saying they couldn’t preform it because someone put the body in the freezer.

      anyways, i am furious and I don’t think any more needs to be said.


    • LBJ10
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      Oh no! I’m sorry for your loss. You did everything you could. Unfortunately, emergency vet clinics do not always have people on staff that know bunnies.


    • DanaNM
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      Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry.  How horrible. 🙁

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