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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years. I would like to assist with Lily.
Can you tell me why or what she is doing to make you think she is Vomiting?
Is she eating?
What is her diet?
I may have more questions.
Does she get any fresh hay?
How much pellets is she getting?
Do you give any fresh veggies?
A rabbit digestive system is that rabbits are not capable of vomiting. what you are seeing the food spilling out her mouth. Their body makes it impossible to vomit. Now we need to figure out what is happening with her. Can you look in her mouth and see if something is stuck in it? We need to start some fluids. You can use Pedialyte mixed with water 50/50 and give in small amounts by making a pocket at the side of the mouth and gently squeezing a couple of cc's at a time and allowing her to swallow. I also need you to look and see if she is passing Pellets. If she cannot eat and she is not passing pellets we may have a serious issue called GI stasis. Please go now and let me know if something is stuck in her mouth and if she is passing pellets. I will stand by.
If she is not and has not passed stool that is a GI Stais. Rabbits have to have food going in to pass stool. When they stop passing stool the gut stops working and it can kill a Rabbit Rapidly. We need to take action if it is a GI stasis and there are no pellets of stool that are there. Please grind her pellets and mix with pedialyte and water mix I suggested. You can syringe fed the ground pellets to get food going in. She should have all the grass hay she wants available all the time. This is very important. Hay is fiber and helps with digestion and keeps the gut moving. Continue to give water and get the slurry going in so you can see her passing pellets. If you have some simethicone in the house you can give her a little and start a stomach massage. This is some information on GI Stasis: http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html
Right now you need to grind the pellets into a powder and mix with water and syringe feed. we need to get her gut going. She will need to see a Vet asap, becuase if she is not passing stool, it can kill her.
Mylicon liquid or simethicone liquid can be given at 1-2 cc every hour for up to 3 doses. This relieves gas which I suspect was the noise you heard and thought she was vomiting. Do you have any questions about the directions I am giving? Please hit reply so we can help lily if this is a GI Stasis.
Good job with the massage it helps relieve gas in the intestinal tract, make sure she has plenty of hay and water. She cannot get enough hay. When she hits 8 months old she will only get 1/8 cup of pellets 1/8 - 1/4 cup of fresh veggies and all the hay she wants. I will give you a diet sheet for her:
Fresh veggies are much better than died carrots because they have lost nutrition.
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How is Lily doing? Was concerned with that close call last night. Please let me know if she is better today.
Checking in on Lily. It has been a while since we talked. Did you have her checked out by a Vet? Please let me know how she is doing.