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Dear Dana,
hai dana, i have a bunny.. he is almost 2 years old.. last friday exactly on 25 sept he had diarrhea but still wanted to eat. I gave him baycox on saturday he was cured.. but on this wednesday he has a diarhea again then i gave him fiberflex since his tummy looks so hard..i tried to put it on the leaf.. but he found out that i put some fiberflex on it and he doesn't want to the whole plate of vegetable and he also doesn't want to eat his dry food.. he just sat down and hunched up but sometimes lays his body just as normal bunny.. but he can not stop having his diarrhea. When i try to touch him he started felt annoyed and sometimes he bit me.. and try to push my hands away.. i cannot touch his tummy or his tail to check out what had happened. And i gave him baycox again and the next day the diarrhea stopped.. at noon i saw him eat some vegetables but not much.. at night i brought him to the vet and he was given another baycox and fiberflex again.. on friday he stopped eating.. i tried to feed him the stem of the vegetable he ate little.. look at this condition indecide to take him to vet again.. this time he was feed with baycox and critical care as he didn't want to eat.. since yesterday until now he doesn't poo at all.. last night i massaged his tunmy for 2 hours and finally he peed.. what does dana think about my bunny? What should i do? Tq

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Dear Zoe,

I think these articles will help you figure out what is going on, but the symptoms you describe are quite vague.  These problems could be caused by any number of things.  But start here:

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

and

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


If he is producing NO poops, then read this immediately:

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

An enema can make all the difference in the world if the GI tract has actually shut down.  Please read this and view the video demonstration:

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

Intestinal problems can often have their root in health problems that seem unrelated to the GI tract.  Incorrect diet is a very common cause, so please read:

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

Another very common trigger for ileus and runny stool is dental problems:

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

I hope these help.  Please feel free to share any of this information with your veterinarian.

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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