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Hello,
I have a 4 and 1/2 year old mini lop and over the last week he has gone downhill. I took him to the vet a couple of days ago and after a check up, they found nothing wrong externally but diagnosed a stomach infection of some sort and prescribed him Baytril (15mg) and Panacur (10% suspension). I have not had any x-rays done due to the $200 cost per x-ray, nor any sort of blood test.
My worry is that the real problem may be GI stasis. He has pretty much stopped eating all together minus some leafy greens, and has not drank water in days. I have been feeding him water from a syringe, but he has not eaten any hay or pellets at all. He does still like to chew on some pear tree branches as well as greet me and hop around the kitchen and outside. His dropping have stopped all together except for some very small ones that are not nearly the normal amount or size.
I am worried that things are going to get dramatically worse at this rate and he will end up suffering.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated

Thanks,

-Nathan

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Dear Nathan,

Sorry for the delay.  I had a family emergency, and have been off line for a week.

I hope by now you have found the link for treating ileus:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

This is not going to be a primary cause of the problem; it is a physiological response to stress/pain/illness.  But it must be reversed and the rabbit must be in good GI condition to undergo further treatment.  Please also see:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/sickbun.html

Unfortunately, I've not heard that there are many vets up in the Great White North who are well-versed in rabbit medicine. But if your current vet said there was a "stomach infection" and just threw Baytril at the problem, it might be time for a second opinion.

Please try finding another vet via the international listings here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

I hope this helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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