Follow-Ups to Answer from Expert Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
Liisa wrote at 2015-08-30 14:18:51
Hello, and thank you so much for your reply!
This is really the answer I was most afraid of. My rabbit is white with a black "mustache", ears, splatters on her back and around her eyes - so her color matches the megacolon diagnosis as well.
Is there anything else I can do to help her stave off the complications of megacolon, if this is megacolon, for as long as possible? She's currently still predominantly on a diet of hay and water, though I've started slowly adding pellets to the mix - she's currently getting around 1,5 teaspoons of pellets a day. If her stomach seems to handle it well, I was planning on starting to give her greens again in a few weeks.
Her poops are still irregular, but the consistency is regular and she eats quite a lot. She also sometimes passes completely regular poops - would that happen in a megacolon rabbit?
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Organizations Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president
National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
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Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
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Education/Credentials Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
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