How do I know if my rabbit is in GI stasis?

How do I know if my rabbit is in GI stasis?

Rabbits with GI stasis often look bloated, pass little to no stool, and have big, gas-filled stomachs and intestines on X-rays. Blood tests often reveal evidence of dehydration and abnormal electrolyte values. There may also be changes associated with other underlying diseases (such as kidney or liver disease).

How do you treat a rabbit with GI stasis at home?

What to do if You Notice Early Signs of GI Problems

  1. INCREASE rabbit’s fiber intake: offer her a variety of fresh hays.
  2. DECREASE pellets for a day or two to encourage a hungry bunny to eat more hay (fiber).
  3. INCREASE produce.
  4. INCREASE water consumption to help hydrate impacted gut:
  5. INCREASE your rabbit’s exercise routine.

How much simethicone do I give my rabbit?

Pediatric Simethicone 1cc (20mg/ml suspension) can be given orally as often as every hour for 3 hours and then 1cc every 3-8 hours.

What do vets do for GI Stasis in rabbits?

Treatment of GI Stasis If the vet has determined that the best course of treatment is to stimulate motility in the gut, he/she may administer the following: Motility drugs (like cisapride) which help stimulate movement in the digestive system. IV fluids which help soften the mass in the intestines.

How long does GI Stasis last in rabbits?

The most common presenting complaint in rabbits with GI stasis is a gradual decrease in appetite and subsequent decrease in fecal production. Appetite usually decreases over a period of 2 to 7 days. Most rabbits will first stop eating pellets, then greens, hay, and finally treats.

How to treat GI stasis in a rabbit?

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When to take a rabbit with digestive problems to the vet?

These sounds will be abnormal or completely absent if your rabbit has a digestive problem. For example, if your rabbit has gas, his belly will make gurgling noises. With GI stasis, gut sounds are abnormally frequent early on, then decrease or stop completely as the condition worsens. Take your rabbit to your veterinarian.

What does it mean when Your Rabbit is sick?

One of the scariest parts of being a rabbit caretaker is when our pet rabbits get sick. Rabbits have a knack for hiding their illnesses, which means they often goes unnoticed until the rabbit is very sick. This is especially true for the unfortunately common illness known as GI Stasis (Gastrointestinal Stasis).

What does it mean when a rabbit is not eating?

Veterinarians now know that rabbits that are not eating have developed gastrointestinal (GI) stasis. GI stasis is the slowing of passage of food through the GI tract. This is due to a change in the population of bacteria normally living in the GI tract that ferment (digest) rabbits’ food.

What do you need to know about GI stasis in rabbits?

GI Stasis in rabbits – The very first warning signs and what you can do to help your rabbit. GI stasis in rabbits is also known as the silent killer. The first 12 hours are crucial. You need to act quickly to save your rabbit.

When to call the vet for GI stasis?

Full recovery from a bout of GI Stasis can take days, sometimes weeks. When to call the vet… Call your vet the minute you feel your rabbit needs help and you are unsure what to do.

How can you tell if a bunny is in GI pain?

A bunny in this position may softly chatter its teeth in contentment. A rabbit in GI pain will sit still with all four feet on the floor, and the teeth grinding is very loud and unmistakable once you have heard it.) I am not a veterinarian.

What happens when a rabbit’s GI system stops working?

When a rabbit’s GI system stops functioning, they can quickly become ill. The slow-down allows bacteria to build up, and these bateria then release toxins. These toxins attack your bunny’s heart and liver, which can prove fatal. If you have your kit prepared ahead of time, you should have three options listed (if available).