Unlike humans, our rabbit’s digestion is always moving. In the event he is eating lesser, producing smaller poo, or not as greedy as before, he may be suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort! Here’s some useful tips for rabbit owners to help their rabbit with such common but deadly tummyaches:
Some rabbits’ poo are smaller than others, like green beans! This could be due to insufficient fiber in their diet. Consider giving more hay and switching to more fibrous first cut Timothy or Oat. This will improve their poo size and ensure their guts are constantly moving and in good health!
Water is just as important to ensure our rabbit’s digestive tract is well-lubricated. If a rabbit’s poo is small and hard, or if it’s pee is dark and orange, these could be signs of insufficient water intake. Consider a water bowl and adding some ice or herbs to encourage healthier drinking.
KNOW YOUR BUNNY!
If you spend enough time with your rabbit, you will know his usual ‘pattern’. Most of our rabbits will get excited during meal time and good babies will also run toward you when you top up fresh hay. In the event your rabbit is not behaving normally, it’s an indicator that something is probably wrong.
If you are suspecting something is wrong with your rabbit but not sure if it’s an emergency, you can administer first aid to test his response. This will require simethicone and a good tummy massage. For a comprehensive first aid kit, click here: https://bunnywonderlandsg.com/bunny-101-2/our-rabbit-care-guide/first-aid/.
CONSULT A SAVVY VET!
If your rabbit is not responding to first aid or you do not have any supplies, do not panic! You can always contact a savvy vet to assist you with your rabbit. Even without an appointment, it is recommended to bring the rabbit for a check. For a list of recommended vets, click here: https://bunnywonderlandsg.com/vet-recommendation/.
SOME NO NOs!
– DO NOT delay treatment if your rabbit has not been eating or drinking for over 8 hours. He is considered critically ill and requires veterinary attention!
– DO NOT be ‘picky’ with vet choice during night emergency. Focus on pain management and hydration and you can always transfer to your preferred clinic the following morning.
– DO NOT administer critical care without ensuring the rabbit is free of gas bloat. This can worsen the pluggage and cause choking.
– DO NOT administer gut stimulant or painkiller without discussing with your vet. This can further complicates the situation and cause more discomfort.