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Forum BEHAVIOR Rabbit not pooping

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    • Remisaurus
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        It’s been a stressful day. My rabbit Klaue bit my other rabbit, Sam, this morning. They were bonded but I think their bond must have broken for this to happen. The bite was enough to bleed but it’s scabbed up now and I cleaned it up good. I have separated them and been keeping an eye on Sam all day. He’s been himself. He’s been exploring his new cage, digging at the straw, grooming himself, eating pellets, timothy hay and even some carrot as a treat. He’s been drinking water as well.

        By his ears, he seems relaxed and he is not sitting like he is in pain.

        But tonight I realized he has not pooped in the new cage and there is only one poop in the basket he was in while I set up the cage. All the research I’ve done says that rabbits with gi blockages or other stomach issues don’t eat or drink anything because of the pain, but his eating habits have been completely normal.

        I massaged Sam’s stomach to try to get things moving. He wouldn’t let me anywhere near his anus to try to stimulate him that way.

        Could his constipation be from the stress of the day? I did give him more carrot than I usually do, so could the sugar be causing this? I pray there’s a giant pile of poops in the morning. I just had a huge loss at the beginning of October and I cannot stand losing Sam too.


      • Bam
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          Stress and diet changes can affect the rabbit tummy, but very often we just dont know what causes tummy problems.

          I hope you’ll soon see poop. Since he is esting, chances are good he’ll poop. Try to get extra fluids in him by serving wet greens. You can make hay tea to entice him to drink more (pour hot water on some hay, let sit until cool, sieve off the hay or leave some hay in, and serve in a bowl.

          If he doesn’t poop and starts exhibiting signs of pain (wont eat anything, sits very still), you should contact a vet, because it could be a partial intestinal blockage, which is serious. If the upper part of the belly seems round and “full”, don’t massage it.

          A vet can give emergency care if needed, or “simply” give sub q or iv fluids to hopefully hydrate whatever the blockage is so it starts moving. A vet can also give more heavy-duty pain meds than we can at home.

          It’s very good that he is moving around and eating. Maybe cut out the carrot and other sugary treats for now, since sugar can cause excess gas.

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