I looked down at my nametag and it said Etak... (perilsofrosella) wrote in bunnyowners,
I looked down at my nametag and it said Etak...

Knowing about GI stasis can save your bun's life

This is me, and my baby Lili:

On July the 18th, I noticed she was acting funny. She wasn't really eating her food. However, we live in Southern California, and sometimes during the day Lili is slow to eat if it's warmer. However, nighttime fell, and it was clear that she hadn't eaten a bite all day. I offered her a peanut (her favorite thing in the world), and she turned up her nose. Alarms went off in my head, and my mother and I took her to an emergency vet clinic in La Habra.

We waited till almost 1 am to see the vet (it was busy; the other poor animals/people that were there!), and we heard exactly what we did not want to hear: GI Stasis.

Lili was kept overnight, and then overnight again at my normal vet. She was prescribed reglan and simethicone (among other things). She seemed to have recovered, until about a week later... when she abruptly stopped eating again. In addition, she was grinding her teeth loudly. Not to mess around with the situation, I called into work, and stayed home to massage her tummy and give her literal round-the-clock care. After a while, it became clear that we needed to see the vet again, and we did. She was prescribed with additional Ringers, Metacam, and an anti-biotic (just in case).

It took about twenty four hours (and an additional paranoid visit to the vet when I was convinced that her body was shutting down), but Lili started eating again!!! She has also started pooping, moving around, and generally acting like herself. She's not all the way there yet (her appetite is still low for her, and she has occasional diarrhea, which the vet said should go away if I continue treating as I am).

Long story short? If I hadn't known the signs of GI stasis, Lili wouldn't be with me anymore. Here are warning signs for any bunny owner:

-Loss of appetite (Showing them their favorite treat is a surefire way to know if they're just messing, or if it's serious)
-Tooth grinding. Loud tooth grinding means your bunny is hurting. They can't whimper like dogs and cats, so this is their only way to let you know.
-Pressing their stomach close to the ground, and moving frequently. They are probably trying to relieve gas pains.
-Tight stomach
-And finally, the litter box. If your litter box has: diarrhea, small/oddly shaped pellets, or no pellets at all, bunny's in trouble.

I truly and sincerely hope none of you ever experience this with your buns, but knowledge is power.
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