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Good afternoon, I have a rabbit who seems to have a sensitive stomach. Since 11/14 she seems to have gotten little episodes and one big one of g.i stacis. What do you recommend for a specific diet to prevent this from happening so often?

I have other rabbits who get treated and fed the same and have not had this issue.

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Dear Lissette

With chronic ileus and GI slowdown, the problem is usually not the GI tract itself.  More often, there is a cryptic health problem triggering the GI problems with stress and pain to the bunny.  Two very common causes are improper diet:

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

and dental problems:

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

To get to the bottom of this, find a good rabbit veterinarian who can do a very complete dental exam, checking deep in the mouth for molar spurs or other problem.  I hope you can find one with the referral list here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vet

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:
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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.


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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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