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Diareah-I highly recommend a product called DriTail. You can find it in most pet stores, in the
small animal area. Think of it as Bunny Pepto-Bismol. I've heard that baby diareah drops also work.
If the bunny is eatting, give it old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant!). This will help to dry it up as well.
This is something that can kill them very quickly, so you need to get it stopped ASAP.
When we have one with "poopy-butt", I put a towel on the edge of the kitchen sink, and rest the
bunny's hips on it. I lay the body back against me, and support it with my left hand under the front
legs, facing out, resting against my body, with the hips on the towel and rear end hanging over the
sink slightly. Then I take the veggie sprayer with the water at about skin temp, and gently hose off
the area of the hind legs, under the tail, anything that is dirty. They may squirm a bit at first, but most
of them really seem to enjoy it after a bit. I wrap the bunny in a towel until it is pretty well dry, and then
return it to it's cage. Be sure to monitor fluid intake when a bunny has this, as they dehydrate very
Not eatting- For whatever reason, from time to time a bunny will stop eatting. If it goes on too
long, especially in a small one, it can be serious. These are some things that we have done to perk
up appetite again and get them to eat. First, Benebac. You can find this at petstores in the small
animal area, or you can order it from www.bunnyrabbit.com. It's a paste that you put into the
bunnies' mouth that helps to get the good bacteria in the gut going again.
Some things you can use to tempt your bunnie's appetite are:
Alfalfa hay leaves: Really nice and green, and we wet them down to get more moisture into the
bunny while he eats them
Baby food:Ours love banana, carrot, mixed veggies and other fruits. You will need to feed these
either with a syringe (with the needle removed, just put the blunt tip into the corner of the mouth
behind the front teeth and squeeze a small amount into the mouth, watch for the swallow) or by
putting a small amount onto a lid or bowl for them to eat.
Fresh fruit and vegetables:Even the most finicky eatter is generally tempted by fresh veggies or
Canned Pumpkin:Bunnies love the flavor of unsweet canned pumpkin. Even the worst non-eatter
will usually weaken for this treat.
Just remember, none of these are a substitute for pellets and their normal food, these are just
appetite enticers to get them eatting again. They can't live on these things alone.
What fresh foods can my bunny eat? This is not a total list by any means, but this is a list
of the foods we normally feed to our own rabbits that I know they do well with.
Dried fruits and berries--including craisins (good for the urinary tract), raisins, cherries, papaya
(helps to prevent wool block), mango, coconut, strawberries, blueberries, apricot, apple, bannana.
We buy the generic packs at the grocery store, along with a big generic raisin container, and mix
them up in a large sealable container, then give them a few on top of their supper dish.
Fresh vegetables and fruit--Cilantro, flat leaf parsley, carrots, sweet potatos (also good for them
as they stop diarea), leaf lettuce (not iceberg), green beans, water melon, cantelope, apples,
banana (with the peel on), sweet corn (cut the cob in 1" wide disks, they eat the corn and chew the
cob) and in the hot summer I give them a chunk of cucumber or chunks of celery. I don't recommend
this in the winter, as both are very high in water and may cause diarea, but in the hot summer you
want to get as much fluid into the bunny as you can, and they love these cool treats!
Stay away from gassy fruits and vegetables, bunnies can't "toot", so have no way to get rid
of gas. Keep baby symethicone drops on hand in case they need relief from gas build up.
Rabbits don't need fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet if they get a good quality pellet. Think of
these as treats, given sparingly.
HAY-Rabbits need some type of roughage in their diet to help keep things moving. Hay is the
perfect source of this. You can buy small bags of hay at pet stores, or a bale from the local farmer.
Either is fine. Hay feeders on the side of the cage prevent a mess on the floor and lots of wasted
hay. Or stuff the hay into an old toilet paper roll and let them play to get it out. As long as the quality is
good, your bunny will love chewing on it.
TOYS: Bunnies love to play, they are very intelligent little creatures, and need things to keep their
minds occupied. Generally, anything a cat would play with, a bunny will play with. But keep in mind
that the bunny will chew it, so stay away from toys that would be easily destroyed by chewing. A trip
to the dollar store can produce enough toys to keep your bunny happy for weeks. Wiffle balls, with
the holes in the outside, are a favorite as they can grab them in their teeth to throw them. Plastic
shower curtain rings hooked together into a short chain they will play with by the hour. Anything that
squeeks, makes noise, jingles, or wiggles they love. Several of ours have a special stuffed animal
that they carry around with them. We also have snuggle blankets in with many of ours that they sleep
on, play under, toss around, or just chew. Even if it's just empty toilet paper spools, give your bunny
things to occupy it's mind and you'll find you have a happier bunny.
I am not a vet, have no vet
training, and do not present
this as anything other than
suggestions of things to try
with your bunny. These are
some things that have worked
for us, or that we have done. If
your bunny is sick, take it to a
vet. Some of these things may
make it more comfortable until
the vet can see it, but are not
intended to substitute the care
of a veterinarian.
Bunnies need fresh water at all times. They can survive for a time without food, but not
water. ALWAYS be sure your friend has fresh, clean, cool water to drink!
Bunny Medicine Chest:
Vitamin E: This will contradict most poisons that your bunny can get into around your house. Get
the highest dose possible in the gelcap tablets. When you think your bunny may have been
poisoned, pinch a hole in the end and squirt it into it's mouth. If it's not poison, it won't hurt him, and
won't interfere with anything the vet will need to do, but if it is poison, chances are good it could
save him. I've had more than one case where I am sure that this saved the life of a rabbit, and the
results after giving it are amazing.
DriTail: For diarea, you can get this at PetSmart type stores, it will put a stop to it pretty quickly.
Benebac:: Good to keep on hand in case bunny stops eatting, this will help restore the bacteria in
the gut, and seems to make them want to eat again.