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NO FURBALLS! Clover the Bunny’s Guide to Gas/GI Stasis.
Since rabbits can’t vomit, gas/stasis can be caused by many things like excess fur in the gut, improper diet or a fright/shock to the system. There are also genetic predispositions to stasis, but that’s it’s own issue.
First, it’s important to know the sound of your rabbit’s gut when he is healthy. Press your ear against his side and listen. You should hear an occasional, quiet, gurgling. This is a normal bunny gut, digesting food and moving it along. A bunny who has gas will have VERY LOUD tummy gurgles. Clover once had gas that I could hear across the room. NOT normal. A bunny who is in stasis will have very little to no tummy gurgles.
Next you should know the usual signs of a bunny who is suffering from gas/stasis. This is where it’s important to know your bunny’s personality. Rabbits will become lethargic, will hunch up and/or press their stomach to the ground, not want to eat or drink and not go to the bathroom. The items pictured above are great treatments to help your rabbit pass his blockage/alleviate his gas.
Critical Care: This is to put fiber back in to the bunny’s gut and keep it moving. Rabbit’s have very weak digestive muscles, which is why they need to constantly eat. If there’s nothing in there for too long, or if something gets stuck, they will get sick. Your rabbit will most likely not want to eat it on his own so you will need to force feed him by syringe. I personally give Clover one syringeful every few hours. Remember, it takes ~6 hrs. for food to enter bunny’s mouth, be digested, and turned into poo, so keep that in mind when scheduling feedings. You want to make sure you keep everything moving.
Infant Gas Relief: SIMETHICONE ONLY! There are many different infant gas meds with various active ingredients, but be sure to give only simethicone, preferably dye-free. It is safe enough to give multiple times a day. I give it even if bunny isn’t necessarily suffering from gas.
Coconut Water: Clover LOVES this! It’s slightly sweet, but extremely hydrating. Make sure to give UNFLAVORED coconut water only. Since bunny probably won’t be drinking much, either, give this in place of or mixed with water. Again it will keep him hydrated and keep things moving along.
Movement: You may have noticed how much I’ve mentioned the word “move”. That’s because this is very important to helping your bunny recover. Your bunny will absolutely not want to move, but you absolutely HAVE TO make him move. Even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time, this will help kickstart the gut. I recommend giving the Crit Care and gas meds and then force him for a run.
Prevention: Constant grooming, a proper diet of fiber (it should be 80% hay, 20% pellets, 20% fresh greens) and knowledge. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! Knowing what to do can literally save your rabbit’s life.
It’s also important to remember these treatments are in no way meant to replace vet care. If your rabbit doesn’t improve after trying these things, YOU MUST TAKE HIM TO A RABBIT SAVVY VET.
So as you may have guessed, I’m writing this because Clover had a bought of stasis yesterday. Thankfully, because of these treatments, I got him to pass the blockage. I think a combination of his excessive shedding and the fact that he can’t eat as much hay as he should (because of his malocclusion) backed him up. I thought writing up these tips would be more helpful than just stating he had it and taking a cute pic. Please reblog this!
Volcanic eruptions are powered by a release of pressure as buoyant magma rises towards the surface. As it does so it expands, pressurising the overlying rocks further until a breaking point is reached and the magma comes out onto the surface. How it does so depends on its chemical composition, those with more silica are more viscous and those with less more runny. As the magma rises, its capacity to hold dissolved gases such as water, CO2 or SO2 reduces, and bubbles come out of solution. If the magma is runny, no problem, the bubbles rise up and by the time the magma turns into lava it has mostly degassed, leading to spectacular lava rivers but (usually) not causing too much havoc. For the more viscous lavas, the gases can’t escape, and so the pressure builds up much higher, leading to spectacular explosions of cone shaped peaks like that of Mt St Helens in 1981 or Vesuvio in 79CE.
When a lava of any composition is cooled quickly, a glass such as obsidian or Pelee’s hair results. If it was very gassy you get pumice , a rock that is often so porous and bubble filled that it will float on water, sometimes as vast rafts in the oceans for months on end. Take the gassiness a stage further in a basaltic lava in a huge lava fountain, and you get this rock called reticulite. It consists of a fine mesh network of glassy walls that were once between now burst bubbles, and is very fragile. It is often carried large distances downwind before settling, as it is so light.