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Just got back from the emergency vet with Lottie. In the space of just 6 hours, she has gone from lively and healthy, to flat, in pain and not eating.

Shes had metaclopramide and metacam, and happily had some recovery diet which she lapped from the bowl, and is now chewing half heartedly on some peppermint hay. Her temp was just 99.7, when it should be around 104, so she is in a box filled with hay in the living room.

She is my 3rd doe in a row that has done this. Florence my first Dutch went into gut stasis no less than 20 times in the 7 years i owned her. She was 9 when she died. Flora my second doe i lost last April at just 9 months, same problem but she never recovered and my vet thought her bowel was either deformed or dying and she was PTS (i was not at home at the time, had i been the outcome may have been different).

Lottie is just over a year, she isnt spayed yet, but my vet doesnt feel that is relevant. He is at a loss, as am i as to what is causing this.

Its only my doe's that seem to suffer this problem. My bucks are all fine. There are no plants that they have access too that could poison them.

I put her out at 7.30 this morning, she did her usual stealing of some parsley and coriander, then had nothing but hay and water until 10.30, when she had a small amount of greens. I went for a walk, once home i offered them some more parsley at 4.30, and i couldnt even find her. She was all hunched up at the bottom of the garden.
She refused to eat anything so i took her straight down to the vet.

Im worried that its something environmental, but why does it just affect the doe's and not the bucks?

I just dont know what to do. Im worried that if i dont find out what it is, its a potential death sentence for her.
 

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Sorry to hear Lottie's not well, Nonnie, but I cant at the moment think why it would be the girls more than the boys.
Do the girls groom more than the boys? I know when Hope had GI stasis it was a blockage of fur, so I wonder if its fur clogging them up, but seems strange for all 3.
Do they have any woodshavings or anything anywhere? I know they free run in the garden but in a hutch or something? Also with Hope, he was fine when he was on paper, put him on shavings and he started to go down hill again, I dunno if he was allergic or what?
Just throwing out some ideas, will keep thinking.

*fingers crossed*

*Heidi*
 

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No, they have rugs at the moment, and i use either shredded cardboard or megazorbat other times.

She wont even swallow now :(

Im feeding a tiny amount every hour as i cant risk it going down her windpipe.
 

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Hmm, I just don't know, I am racking my brains for a possible cause.

Have you tried her with the usual(I'm sure you have cos you've been thru it before) Bran Mash, Porridge, Veggie Stage One Baby Food, Weetabix, Pineapple juice. With Hope, I put Apple juice in a water bottle, so if he did go to drink, he still had some vitamins going into him(I left him a normal bottle of water aswell)
If its something she doesnt have all that often she might be more tempted hopefully.

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I'm so sorry to hear this nonnie, this is also Miffys downfall she has suffered twice with it, the first for no reason at all and the second was down to a very heavy molt. If she was free in the garden could a cat/bird/fox have scared her? I really hope she pulls through, I know you will do everything for her. Have they xrayed her belly checked shes not blocked with something?
 

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I went into check her and she was on her side scrabbling with her legs.

Phoned the vet to come out and PTS her but she died before he got here. At least she wasnt alone as Norb was near her and i stroked and talked to her as she went.

Not something i want to see again, as they dont just slip away quietly.
 

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It sounds like a deficiency of sorts!

We used to have a small animal vet at our practice that swore by giving Tomato juice to rabbits whenever they came in like this as she always said it was a potassium deficiency! It always worked too!!

Also i know that furballs can cause a lot of abdominal pain and lack of appetite, pure pineapple juice syringed dissolves these.

There is a great book called 'the husbandry of rabbits' it gives remedies and dosages and is a great one for the cupboard!

Hope all is ok. X X
 

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I'm so sorry Nonnie, you did all you could for her, just wish we could work out whats happening :(

R.I.P Lottie.

*Heidi*
 

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I went into check her and she was on her side scrabbling with her legs.

Phoned the vet to come out and PTS her but she died before he got here. At least she wasnt alone as Norb was near her and i stroked and talked to her as she went.

Not something i want to see again, as they dont just slip away quietly.
oh nonnie i am so so sorry :(
 

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I'm so so sorry to hear that. I'm sure she appreciated having you there at the end though and at least she knew just how much you loved her. Take comfort from that, and knowing you did all you could.
 

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Thanks guys.

Im just really shocked about it all. She has never be ill a day in her life. Not even a dodgy tummy.

We've decided to have a PM done. I need to know what is causing this, to prevent it happening again.

But for the forseeable future, Norb will be an only bun. I cant risk getting him another girly, knowing that there could possibly be something in my house or garden that could kill her.
 

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Oh Nonnie I'm really sorry to read this, Lottie was a beautiful bun-binky free over the rainbow Lottie!

Sugar once had this and we had no idea why. The vet said the smallest of things can stress a rabbit out and then their guts stop. We still don't know what caused this with Sugar and luckily he recovered but the vet said once a rabbits guts stopped after the bun was 'bullied by a robin' because the rabbit chose to lay under a tree that had a robin nest in it!
 

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RIp Lottie. Hugs to you and Norb hun! Let us know what it was!
 
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