Friday, 25 October 2013

When your rabbit stops eating

When your rabbit stops eating is vital to get to a vet asap. Blood tests (to establish if it is a blockage or if it is a stasis instead ) and x-rays can be vital in making a rapid diagnosis of the problem causing your rabbit to stop eating and passing faeces. Carried out early on, they may help to prevent your rabbit's condition deteriorating, and may save its life. Every case, every rabbit is different, and it is difficult to suggest strict guidelines for how to treat a rabbit who is not eating, in advance. Syringe feeding ( water or recovery food) a rabbit with a blockage will not help and could in fact worsen the problem, so although it is tempting to avoid the stress of a trip to the vet and start to syringe feeding and giving medications at home, it is not advised. The decision to syringe feed water or recovery diets depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, if the rabbit takes them readily, then it is unlikely there is a gastrointestinal blockage. But if there is a blockage, adding anything to the stomach, and delaying veterinary diagnosis and treatment may be fatal. We would therefore advise anyone with a rabbit who stops eating, to contact their vets asap, and to take their advice. If a stasis has been diagnosed then pain relief and syringe feeding are vital. The cause of the stasis needs to be established also, as this is often a sign of a rabbit who requires dental treatment, or pain relief for another condition, for example. A good rule of thumb is 30 to 50 ml per kilogram bodyweight, over a 24 hour period. This total amount can be divided into any number of smaller feeds eg every 1-3 hours, with a break, for owner and rabbit, for some part of the night. If your rabbit is eating anything at all, this amount can be reduced accordingly. We often hear that owners have been advised to give their rabbits Infacol in the case of a statis. Although Infacol is unlikely to cause problems if used in rabbits we do not feel that it is useful. Rabbits can not burp, so although it may gather the gas together, it is still stuck.

What to do if your bunny gorges on something...

There was a question posted earlier this week about a bunny who had escaped and eaten some fallen pears. Many of us have found bunny break outs where they have managed to gorge on their pellets or greens. If this happens, there is the risk of bacterial overgrowth and bloating. Make sure that the rabbit is eating lots of hay and you could add give some probiotics, and fluids if there is any diarrhoea. If you are at all worried then of course you should go to your rabbit savvy vet who may prescribe metronidazole and or questran.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Special offer from Home and Roost

Winter is drawing closer and thoughts are turning to keeping those outdoor bunnies safe, warm and dry for the winter whilst still allowing them to exercise every day. With this in mind we have teamed up with Home and Roost, who we are delighted to announce are the latest retailer to sign up to the A Hutch is Not Enough Retailer Charter. Home and Roost have put some brilliant deals together just for us, so if you are looking for new accommodation for your buns then please check them out. Existing RWA members get an extra £10 off this promotion and non-members get a free 12 month membership thrown in. We are delighted that Home and Roost are offering RWA membership with their hutches and runs because it means we can reach even more people about what rabbits need to live the lives they deserve. We have tested these hutches and runs and we are confident that they offer good quality and value for money and Home and Roost offer a 30 day satisfaction money back guarantee too. The special offers are here (You can add a run to each offer): www.homeandroost.co.uk/product/6ft-chartwell-single-luxury-rabbit-hutch/ www.homeandroost.co.uk/product/6ft-chartwell-double-luxury-rabbit-hutch/ If you are an existing RWA member please use the discount code RWAF6.