A Few Words on Bunny Bloat

April 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“In Memory of Pebbles”

I have a chronic stasis bun, Butterscotch. Fortunately, stasis can sometimes be treated at home, and I usually can in Butterscotch’s case. Unlike stasis, bloat is a completely different story. Bloat is a condition which is frequently fatal in rabbits that causes excruciating pain. The causes of bloat are not known and it can appear suddenly.

I have only dealt with bloat once myself, and it was a rabbit who was visiting me. It starts off like stasis: the rabbit stops eating. Their temperature drops, requiring them to be on heat. The key difference with bloat is that you cannot take care of at home. It is caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas that leads to an extreme distension of the stomach. The bloat came on late at night and all I could do was keep him warm and gave him the usual stasis meds.

Sometimes you can feel their stomach get hard, but not always. I had not felt this, so I was shocked when I brought him to the vet the following morning as he had not improved, and the vet tech told me they thought it was bloat. She praised me for keeping his temperature up, but unfortunately that was just not enough for him.

About 80% of rabbits who get bloat do not survive it, but if that other 20% can get to a vet in time, they have a chance. Even the most stasis-savvy folks would not be able to handle bloat on their own.

Whenever a rabbit stops eating, it’s a good idea to remove water, and not force feed anything until they start eating on their own or if you can get a vet to confirm there isn’t a blockage or bloat. Drinking water or force feeding Critical Care when there’s a blockage can sometimes lead to bloat.

If there’s any question of a hard stomach when a rabbit stops eating, call your vet right away. Take them to a rabbit-savvy vet if their office is open and if not, call them and see what they advise. Worst case, keep taking their temperature and keep them on a carrier with a thin towel on top of a heating pad to keep that temperature up until you can get them to a vet and give them a 1ml dose of gas drops. You can also put the rabbit on it’s side and gently massage their abdomen in the direction of the anus.

For more information about bloat, visit Medirabbit.

In memory of Pebbles

New Stasis Prevention Protocol

February 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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As many of you may know, my Butterscotch is a chronic stasis bunny. For the past several months he’s had a lot of trouble and the only thing that seemed to help him was the keep him on a maintenance dose of Reglan. Originally it was a small dose, but kept increasing as he was still getting sick. Our vet suggested removing greens from his diet, but that still did not help completely. I’m trying to get him off of the Reglan now as a friend of mine’s rabbit is in a similar situation with stasis and Reglan, but is having some neurological issues, possibly from the Reglan.

I’ve done some research and some suggest to remove pellets, rather than greens, from their diet. I have reintroduced greens and decreased his pellets for now. He was also getting a small piece of carrot which I also eliminated. He is getting parsley, cilantro, watercress and dandelion, no gas-producing veggies at all. I’m hopeful that once I take him off of the Reglan completely that he won’t immediately relapse as he has done in the months prior. I’m encouraging as much hay eating as I can, as he is not a great hay eater, by putting a bowl of fresh down several times a day. Fiber is key to stasis prevention.

Keeping the Kronenbuns Healthy

January 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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My Butterscotch went into stasis again on Friday, three days after dropping his double-daily dose of Relgan to 0.75mls. We medicated him with Reglan, Simethicone and Metacam and fortunately his temp usually doesn’t drop below 101. He was eating again in three hours and has been fine since.  After eliminating greens, all I can hope for now is that 1ml of Relgan twice a day will keep him stable. He has yet to get stasis on that maintenance dosage yet, so that may need to be where he stays for now.

My Charlie is still having trouble maintaining his weight, so i tried him on 1mg of Periactin once a day to stimulate his appetite. That works, but I’m concerned he may be having seizures as a result. I found him on his side on Friday and then when he got up he wobbled a little. He did something similar the week before, but I was unsure of what was happening. My dad said maybe stroke. I never actually saw him seize, so I don’t know for sure, but I stopped the Periactin just in case as seizures can be a a side effect. His kidneys may not be functioning as well and that would account for the meds staying in his body longer. I’ll be taking him to the vet soon for some bloodwork and consulting to figure out how to keep the ounces on him without causing him more trouble.

Bunny-Stall 1.0

January 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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We’ve been stasis-free in this house for a few weeks now, but I’d like to share some info from when my Charlie last had stasis and a kidney stone. I had been syringe-feeding him Critical Care twice a day for several days. Anyone who has done this knows it a messy and time-consuming process. I had gotten it down to a routine with Charlie, but it required two people. My dad had the idea of making a stall to keep Charlie from backing up, so I could do it alone. He built me something out a wood and I added the fabric over the edges. It worked pretty well. I had one hand on Charlie and the other on the syringe. He’d get feisty toward the end, but it was definitely do-able.

A couple of weeks later when Cameron got sick, I used to give him his meds on the kitchen counter. Fortunately he’s about the same size so he fit in well and took his meds like a good boy. Butterscotch was the next rabbit to get sick, but he’s a little bigger and always fusses when I give him meds, so he was not willing to sit quietly.  I don’t think a bigger one would work for him, unless it had a top, so I’ll think about that for Bunny-Stall 2.0

Always on Stasis Watch

December 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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On Tuesday, after I had come home from bringing my foster bun Cameron to the vet, my Butterscotch went into stasis. (Treatment guide) Fortunately after the usual meds were given, and temperatures of over 101 were taken, he recovered and was eating within 4 hours. That’s about par for the course for him. Not sure if Cameron getting sick prompted him, but I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s very sensitive and likely picked up that Cameron didn’t feel well which stressed him out. That’s why it’s always important to make sure every rabbit in the house is eating, even when you’re preoccupied with another one.

Stella bunny is there to support me every evening with cuddles and snuggles. Although she probably thinks I’m doing them for her, I enjoy it too. She saw me with a bowl of crackers and immediately jumped on the couch to try and steal some. Sorry girl, no crackers for you, but we did have a nice snuggle!

When Butterscotch Bunny Doesn’t Want to Eat…

September 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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I haven’t posted in a few days because my little Butterscotch had a particularly bad bought of GI stasis. He’s mostly better now, eating pellets and greens on his own, almost as much as normal. He did loose a couple of ounces, but he’s still at a fine weight. I’m not surprised, barely eating for three days will do that to you!

Butterscotch has been a chronic stasis bunny for a few years now, getting worse last spring. We put him on maintenance Reglan, slowly tapering down, but twice now when we got him to just 0.2ml per day, he went into stasis. This time was worse than usual. He generally recovers within 4 hours, and is totally better by 8 hours after we first notice it. This time he wasn’t eating on his own for 2 days.

We caught it early, only an hour or so after he had eaten greens he refused pellets and we gave him the usual Simethicone for gas, Reglan for gut motility, and Metacam for pain, but his temp was hovering around 100 degrees and he was pushing his stomach down. We brought him into the vet so they could give him Buprenorphine, a stronger pain med, and then took him home.

We put him in his carrier on a heating pad and his temp was stable at 101 by 11:30 that night and stayed over 101 for the next few days, but he did not want to eat anything until the next day he nibbled on hay. It took another day for him to add greens, and then another to start on pellets again. We syringe fed him critical care once we got the okay from the vet and tapered that down as he began to eat more on his own.

For some reason we think Butterscotch just tends to produce gas, giving him stasis. Once he’s fully recovered we’ll keep him on maintenance Reglan, more like 0.5ml a day and see how he does on that. He’s a really fighter when it comes to giving meds though, he HATES the syringes. When he is well he prefers for me to just hold the syringe in front of him and he licks up the meds. So glad you’re feeling better my sweet little boy!

Temperature Taking Tantrums

April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Charlie”

My Butterscotch had another bout of stasis on Tuesday, but is feeling better now. We had cleaned his room earlier in the day and think that may have caused it. Stress is a common cause of GI stasis, and changing out everything in his room could certainly be stressful for the little guy. He took a little longer to recover than usual, about 6 hours and still was not totally back to normal the next day. He got the usual course of Metacam, Simethicone and Reglan and continued to get a dose of Reglan twice a day for two after. Fortunately, he likes that well enough that I can just put some in a dish and he licks it right up.

Butterscotch’s temperature did get a little low so I put him in his carrier on a heating pad on low for an hour, and he stayed warm after. He is much more difficult to take a temperature with than my Charlie. He clenches down and fights the thermometer that I know I’m always getting a lower reading than I should be. I follow this guide, but some rabbits are more cooperative than others.

We clipped my Piper’s nail yesterday, and she is not happy about it. I also thought I should see if she would cooperate with temperature taking, in case we someday need to do that with her. Well, she was not having any of that! She fussed and kicked so much the two times that I tried that we gave up. I didn’t even have the thermometer in my hand, but my hand was enough to upset her. Baby steps, we’ll try again next nail clipping.

Eye Gunk and Appetites

September 4, 2016 at 11:54 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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Even since I’ve had my Hershey, I occasionally noticed what I thought were bubbles on the sides of his eyeballs. Sometimes they would be there, sometimes not, so I thought they were on his third eyelid membrane. When there was a particularly larger one than I remembered on his left eye last night I looked into it, and apparently it’s eye slime due to a hair. No wonder they kept reappearing and disappearing! Dwarfs are prone to it and he’s shedding right now, so that makes sense. I think either he or Butterscotch usually cleans it, and by this morning it was gone. I know I get eye slime from allergies occasionally so I know how he feels. It doesn’t seem to bother him much though.

Last week my Charlie had a bout of stasis. Whereas my Butterscotch will stop eating completely, and recover after two or three hours and medication, Charlie just seems to lose his appetite for some foods and it tends to last a few days. This time it was three days until he was back to normal, but his temperature was never under 101. It’s the first time he’s had stasis since he and Piper were bonded so maybe her loving presence helped him out a little too.

Gimme the Good Stuff!

March 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

We got this adorable pillow at Kohl’s this week. It’s my baby girl!

We’re trying to bring up Bella’s weight so she gets special alfalfa pellets and I made her some alfafa banana cookies. Charlie sure isn’t happy that he’s not allowed to have them. “Not fair!” It’s hard since they’re always together. They spend most of the day sleeping together. Charlie snores and Bella licks his nose. Simply adorable.

Charlie is always on alert where food is concerned though. Last night I stopped off at the bathroom before going to the kitchen to get their greens. Out of the corner of my eye I notice a little nose poking through the doorway. It was Charlie, chiding me for making a pit stop. “You’re supposed to be getting my food, human!” Sorry Mister Charlie!

Hershey had a bout of stasis two nights ago, his second in a year. It only lasted 3 hours, but it happened at 10:30 at night. He took his meds pretty easily, and then when gave him Reglan the following morning he enjoyed it so much he pulled the syringe out of my hand. Never had a  bunny do that for anything other than Metacam!

Obstacle Couch

October 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Posted in bunny, long island, pet, rabbit, sitting | Leave a comment
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I had a little lie down on the couch yesterday evening, and Honey decided to join me. Several times. He didn’t seem to mind that I was up there, taking up most of the space, but he didn’t stay for very long each time. As long as he’s not trying to escape, he can hop all over me!

Our little boy Butterscotch had a rough stasis bout last night that pretty much occupied most of my time. It lasted from 4pm to 12:15am through several rounds of medication, heating pads, temperature taking, one unhappy bunny, and frazzled humans. We even made a call to the vet to make sure we were doing everything we could, but she said as long as his stomach was soft, we just had to focus on warming up and not worry about getting him to eat. He did start to eat a little after midnight though, so the humans got to go to bed around 1am after confirming his temperature had reached over 101. Whew! He’s back to his normal self now, and the other bunnies in the house can finally get their share of my attention back.

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