GI stasis treatment in Rabbits at Richmond Veterinary hospital



Understanding Rabbit GI Stasis: Causes, Signs, and Treatment

by Dr. Satveer Dadrwal April 28th, 2024
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For rabbit owners, few things are as concerning as gastrointestinal (GI) stasis, a condition that can quickly spiral into a life-threatening situation for our furry friends. In this blog post, we'll explore everything you need to know about GI stasis in rabbits, including its causes, symptoms, treatment options, and essential prevention strategies. Let's ensure our beloved bunnies stay happy, healthy, and hopping!

What is GI Stasis in Rabbits?

GI stasis occurs when a rabbit's digestive system slows down or halts entirely, leading to a host of distressing symptoms. This condition often arises from factors like stress, inadequate fiber intake, dental issues, or underlying health problems. Rabbits, with their delicate digestive systems, require a diet rich in fiber to maintain gut motility. When this delicate balance is disrupted, GI stasis can quickly take hold, causing discomfort and potentially life-threatening complications.

Tofu's journey:

Tofu, a seven year old Rabbit was brought to our Veterinary Clinic in Richmond by her concerned owner. Tofu had become unusually lethargic and had stopped eating. Upon examination, we confirmed Tofu was battling GI stasis, and immediate intervention was essential to her survival.

So, What are the Common Symptoms of GI Stasis?

  • Decreased or complete loss of appetite
  • Reduced or absent fecal output
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Abdominal discomfort or bloating
  • Hunched posture or reluctance to move
  • Gastrointestinal sounds (gurgling or rumbling) may be absent or reduced

Treatment Options for GI Stasis in Rabbits:

Immediate veterinary care is crucial when dealing with GI stasis in rabbits. Treatment may include:

  • Fluid Therapy: To rehydrate the rabbit and support organ function.
  • Pain Management: Medications to alleviate discomfort and improve the rabbit's well-being.
  • Nutritional Support: Specialized critical care diets to provide essential nutrients and stimulate the digestive system.
  • Gut Motility Medications: Prescription drugs to promote gut motility and relieve bloating.
  • Environmental Enrichment: Providing a comfortable and stimulating environment to reduce stress and encourage activity.

But, you can also prevent the GI stasis by following these tips:

  • High-Fiber Diet: Offer unlimited access to hay and fresh greens to support healthy digestion.
  • Adequate Hydration: Ensure your rabbit always has access to fresh water and encourage drinking.
  • Dental Care: Schedule regular dental check-ups to prevent dental issues that can contribute to GI stasis.
  • Regular Exercise: Encourage daily exercise and provide opportunities for hopping and play.
  • Minimize Stress: Create a calm and secure environment for your rabbit, minimizing stressors like loud noises or sudden changes.
  • Routine Veterinary Check-ups: Schedule regular wellness exams to monitor your rabbit's health and catch any issues early on.

GI stasis is a serious health issue that requires prompt attention and proactive care. By understanding the causes, recognizing the symptoms, seeking immediate veterinary care when needed, and implementing preventive measures, you can help keep your rabbit healthy and happy.

Client's Testimony:

"I had a very positive experience at this vet. My rabbit has had GI stasis for almost a week and was receiving care at another clinic. On Saturday morning she seemed to had gotten worse, so I took her in to Petsville for a last minute appointment. The doctor was so reassuring and thorough during the exam as he took his time and Handled her with care. He clearly loves his job and seemed excited to help us. Usually my bunny is SO anxious after vet appointments but she looked completely comfortable during and after her time at Petsville. I also appreciate that he gave a full rundown for the predicted costs and he really tried to keep the total low. A day after the visit my bunny is finally showing signs of improvement. Dr.Satveer really is the guy to see if you have rabbits." - Janice Kamachi

Book your appointment if your rabbit exhibits symptoms, or call us for immediate assistance. Your bunny's well-being is our top priority, and we're here to provide expert care and support whenever you need it.

Veterinarian and Owner - Petsville Animal Hospital