What can I give my rabbit for gas?
Use liquid simethicone often referred to as “baby gas drops”. This medicine for human infants is available over-the-counter in the baby section of most major grocery stores and pharmacies, and is considered “safe” for home use with rabbits.
The common symptoms of gas in rabbits include:
- Loud, gurgling stomach.
- Pushing the stomach against the floor.
- The stomach is hard to the touch.
- Inability to defecate.
- Reduced appetite.
- Hunched posture.
- Grinding teeth.
How do I make my rabbit’s stomach feel better?
Massaging or vibrating your rabbit’s tummy is one of the best ways to help break up gas bubbles and encourage the gut to ‘get moving’. Sit bunny on your lap or on a towel on the counter and with your hands gently knead your rabbit’s abdomen, as deeply as she will allow.
Making lifestyle changes may help reduce or relieve excess gas and gas pain.
- Try smaller portions.
- Eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don’t gulp.
- Avoid chewing gum, sucking on hard candies and drinking through a straw.
- Check your dentures.
- Don’t smoke.
How do I know if my bunny has an upset stomach?
The rabbit will stop producing normal hard droppings and diarrhoea may be present. The rabbit may produce some form of faecal material which will be mixed with large amounts of mucus. Many rabbits will have some or complete loss of appetite and painful tooth grinding is often seen.
How do I know if my rabbit is bloated?
This condition generally comes on suddenly. A rabbit that seems completely healthy will suddenly stop eating, defecations will stop, and the rabbit will appear very tired or lethargic. As the condition continues, signs of abdominal pain such as a hunched posture, tooth grinding, and reluctance to move may be observed.
How do I know if my rabbit has a blockage?
Rabbits with an intestinal obstruction present severe abdominal pain and as a result will become anorexic, unwilling to move and grind their teeth in pain (bruxism). They will also press their abdomen on the ground, have a bloated and distended abdomen, and cease production of faecal pellets.This may include:
- fluid therapy for rehydration.
- nutritional support (syringe feeding if not eating)
- antibiotic(s) (if there is an underlying bacterial infection)
- motility modifying drugs to enhance movement of food through the stomach and intestines.
- pain relievers.
- anti-inflammatory medications.
How do rabbits act when they are sick?
Subtle signs of illness in a rabbit vary and can include: Slow movement, staying still or hiding away. Breathing faster than usual or noisy breathing. Eating less and/or refusing certain foods.
How do you settle a rabbit’s tummy?
– Apply tummy massage – Rubbing your bunny’s tummy in a gentle manner will help to ease the pain and expedite the relief. – Watch her appetite and make sure she is eating – Even if she will only feed on fruits, it is very important that she continues to eat.
Can rabbits have Pepto Bismol?
Diarrhea: Did you feed anything that might upset the stomach, or has there been some new stress? We immediately take the bunny off the pellet feed and replace with Timothy hay, which usually works well. You can also add to the water bottle, a quarter teaspoon of Pepto Bismol or Keopectate.
How do I know if my rabbit has tummy ache?
Signs of abdominal pain may include bruxism (teeth grinding), pressing their abdomen on the ground or a hunched posture. General treatment involve rehydrating the rabbit and re-establishing a healthy gut microbial environment.
How do I get my rabbit’s gut to move?
Massaging or vibrating your rabbit’s tummy is one of the best ways to help break up gas bubbles and encourage the gut to ‘get moving’. Sit bunny on your lap or on a towel on the counter and with your hands gently knead your rabbit’s abdomen, as deeply as she will allow. If she reacts in a painful manner, stop.
What can I give my bunny to feel better?
While you seek treatment, try to keep your rabbit hydrated and warm. A syringe with water or soft foods (applesauce or baby food) can assist. Depending on the condition, your vet may prescribe prescription medication to help your rabbit’s condition.