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Hi, Welcome to JustAnswer. I am a licensed veterinarian and I'm here to help you. I'm sorry to hear about Binky's possibly decreased appetite. The sticky stool does sound like he had a bit of diarrhea, and it is "normal" to have no stool after the diarrhea. However, the fact that Binky's appetite is decreased may indicate that things have not resolved as you suspect.
How many hours actually has it been since he produced a stool?
It doesn't sound to me like Binky needs to be seen tonight if he is not in pain, and if his gum color is nice and pink.
The fact that he did nibble on the treat stick also indicates to me that he doesn't need to be seen tonight. Also, perhaps as you are home now or soon, you may be able to tell how much of the hay he is eating.
Hi and thanks for your response. The shaking Binky experienced could have been from being chilled, but since it continued, more likely due to pain. However, what you did is absolutely correct. He needed to be cleaned, and as long as the bath was warm and you used gentle soap this was fine. I too would have then used a hair dryer when he started shaking, but of course would have it blow just room air or be on the lowest setting, checking his skin frequently.
The best news is that he is again eating his night stool, and hopefully even since you have written he is continuing to perk up and eat and drink normally.
I'd like to talk about feeding bunnies a bit. . .hope you don't mind. Rabbits are hind gut fermenters and need a high fiber diet. They also need to grind fiber to keep their teeth healthy. Their diet therefore should consist mostly of fresh grass hay and timothy and oak hay are the best here in California. Since rabbit pellets are usually alfalfa based, I recommend staying away from alfalfa hay because alfalfa is high in calcium which can lead to urine crystallization and bladder stones.
The daily amount of pellets should be 1-2 Tbs., and other veggie treats should be limited to about 1 Tbs. Of course Binky should always have fresh water available.
How is Binky doing by now?