preventing recurring stasis - bunny currently healthy
Rabbits/preventing recurring stasis - bunny currently healthy
Follow-Ups to Answer from Expert Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
Jenny wrote at 2013-06-14 04:10:45
If your vet finds that your rabbits stasis isn't dental related, I don't know if this will help, but I got a new rabbit last year and he developed GI stasis from the stress of being in a new home. After a couple weeks it finally started to clear up, but as he started eating his normal food, he would go into stasis again. This happened several times, and I started to suspect that it might have something to do with his pellets. We decided to see how he would do without pellets, and put him on a hay only diet for a few weeks, and the stasis episodes immediately stopped. After a few months of no pellets, I slowly tried reintroducing different kinds of pellets back into his diet, but each time he would start to show signs of feeling sick again. So now he gets hay only and select veggies(nothing starchy or sugary), and he hasn't had a bout with stasis since, and it's been several months.
I know that excess cecotropes and tiny fecals, can sometimes be due to diet, so maybe you could discuss with your vet about reducing your rabbits pellets and increasing hay, to see if that helps clear up the stasis problems. Best of luck, and I hope you find a solution.
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