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Hi!

My bunny Dusty is around 4 months old.  She is on diet of hay and pellets and veggies.  5 days she ate amount of non slip rubber matting.  She has appeared to be okay and was playing as usual and eating and drinking normally too with the exception of decreased fecal production.  This morning I woke up and she has barely made any fecal pellets.  Local vet said to try rubbing vaseline on her paws, she will lick it and it will help lubricate her GI tract.  It seemed to help before but today not as much.  Ive read about administering an enema...Will this help Dusty move whatever is slowing her poo production?  I don't want to hurt her but I don't want her in stasis either!! I'm very worried and want Dusty to be okay!  Shes been antisocial this morning so far, she thumped at me twice and I'm not sure if she ate anything during the night either.  She did go for her treat though, so that was reassuring.  Just looking for any help, I'm still new to bunny parenting.  Thank you so much for all the great and helpful instructions you give on bunny parenting.  Please help me know how to take care of Dusty the best.  - Katie and Dusty.

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Dear Katie,

Please read:

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

You can getinformation on the enema procedure here, an instructional video starring Zuma and my hands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGQqO_vyBOw

Hope this helps.

Dana
P.S. - Ditch the vaseline and the current vet. Find a more rabbit-savvy vet at www.rabbit.org/vet  

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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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