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G ood evening I have a5 year old giant rabbit and he hasn't

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G ood evening I have a5 year old giant rabbit and he hasn't eaten, drunk or been to the toilet since 4pm. This is very much out of character for him as he alwaysgoes to his corner in the garden about 6-7pm for his last toilet, then he goes into his home until bed time. I am worried about him so what should I do please. He is very still and quiet as well.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with over 40 years of experience raising and showing rabbits. I'm glad you are asking for help because your rabbit may be in trouble. Bugsy has all the signs of gastrointestinal stasis. One of the most common things we hear about rabbits is "My rabbit stopped eating, and then he died." Appetite loss is very serious in rabbits. It is considered a medical emergency. It is even more serious if the rabbit isn't defecating. A condition called gastrointestinal stasis develops. The digestive system simply shuts down. The original cause can be anything from eating something they shouldn't to a slight illness. Regardless of the initial cause GI stasis is an emergency in its own right. This is one of the leading causes of death in rabbits, if it is not treated. There could be gas in the stomach that cannot pass or there could be a blockage in the intestines. You need to get him to a rabbit vet as soon as possible. Here is where you can find a rabbit vet:http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/Vet_EU-UK.htmlIt's best to try to find a rabbit vet because some vets who treat mainly dogs and cats aren't familiar with rabbits' sensitivities to certain medications. If there’s no blockage, the vet can often prescribe a gut motility drug that will solve the problem. Until you can get to a vet, you can give Bugsyy a stomach massage. Most rabbits actually enjoy this and it can get things moving again sometimes. Place him on his back on your lap and gently massage. If you can get some children's liquid simethicone (sold in pharmacies), give him some from a syringe. You can't overdose it, and it helps break up any gas bubbles in the stomach.If you have more questions about this, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope Bugsyy will reach a full recovery.AnnaMy goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Please remember to rate my service only after you have all the information you need. Thank you! Here's a site where you can read more about GI stasis and steps you can take:http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.htmlHere is where you can find a rabbit vet in the UK: http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/Vet_EU-UK.html And in the states: http://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.htmlhttp://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.htmlIt's best to try to find a rabbit vet because some vets who treat mainly dogs and cats aren't familiar with rabbits' sensitivities to certain medications. If there’s no blockage, the vet can often prescribe a gut motility drug that will solve the problem.

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