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1- Any other symptoms?
2- How much does she weigh?
How long has it been since the last time she vomited?
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Friend, when we see diarrhea with blood and mucus this is a sign of inflammation in the colon, she has colitis. This can be caused by many different medical conditions. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: Dietary indiscretion, ingestion of a foreign body, infections, parasites, etc. to name a few causes. Rabbits and dogs do not share common intestinal parasites but if she is eating a lot of feces it is possible to cause diarrhea. I would recommend you drop a stool sample for your family vet to check for intestinal parasites. In the meantime this is what you can do:
1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. You see, stopping the diarrhea with medication can make things worst if this is related to an infection or ingestion of a foreign body. In addition, pepto bismol will make the bleeding worst.2- No food or water for 8-12 hours, need to give her gastrointestinal tract time to rest. Then, offer small amount of water followed by a diet of rice (75%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (25%) until the stool is back to normal then wean her back into her regular diet. Keep her indoors in a cool room and no exercise when fasting.3- Supplement with a probiotic (fortiflora), these are friendly bacteria that help with regularity. You can buy this over the counter in any pet store.4- If after doing the above you do not see improvement within 24 hours I would have her checked by your family veterinarian for a hands on examination.
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