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Rabbit not drinking

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Rabbits' started by MrsFarley, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Dec 26, 2018
    MrsFarley

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    My lip eared bunny is not drinking. I noticed about about a week ago that his fur felt coarse. Then he seemed to be sleeping more and lethargic. Today he hasn’t eaten or drank any water. I’ve even put carrots and lettuce in his cage.
     
  2. Dec 26, 2018
    promiseacres

    promiseacres Herd Master

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    Is he pooping? May be GI stasis....not a good thing. :hugs
     
  3. Dec 26, 2018
    MrsFarley

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    He has a litter box. Don’t know if he is pooping. He’s been in the litter box for 4 hours now.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2018
    Tale of Tails Rabbitry

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    If a rabbit cannot/will not drink water, it could die within a day or two. You can try using a dropper or syringe (no needle) to feed water to your rabbit by hand.
     
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  5. Dec 27, 2018
    animalmom

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    When I get a bunny that isn't drinking I add white corn syrup to the water. Add enough to make the water sweet. You need to get him drinking. As a rule if a rabbit isn't drinking then he isn't eating.

    If he isn't eating try tempting him with rose leaves or carrot tops. At that point getting him to eat is more important that what he is eating. Once he starts eating put him back on his regular food.

    Good luck with your little fellow. Please keep us posted on how he is doing.
     
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    GypsyG

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    I add a little pineapple juice to their water to appeal to their sweet tooth, sometimes that will help.
     
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    Suburban Rabbits

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    Other tempting exotic plants are the weeds you can find in your yard. Texas should have plenty of those.
     
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    MrsFarley

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    He is better today. Eating and drinking from a bowl, not the bottle. I syringe fed him last night, purées veggies and water. He was so listless. I didn’t think he would be alive today. But a pleasant surprise! He is fine!
     
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    Suburban Rabbits

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    That is great news.
     
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    GypsyG

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    :celebrate:weee:celebrate