BLOAT ~ WHAT TO DO

From ~  L. Seeman, MSN  (January 2004) at http://www.bunnylu.org/bloat.html

From ~ From ~ http://www.ohare.org/images/harelines/v13n2.pdf  ~ “Harelines” ~ the newsletter of the Buckeye HRS ~ Spring/Summer 2009 ~ Volume 13 Number 2 ~ by Dr Barbara Oglesbee, DVM ~ Capital Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center ~ Columbus, OH

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT BLOAT

Administer a dose of simethicone (1 cc) ~ do not do any tummy massage

DO NOT GIVE ~ Metaclopramide (Regland) or Cisapride ~ they can cause the stomach to rupture if an obstruction is present

Take your rabbit’s temperature with a rectal thermometer (be sure to lubricate it and be very careful)

A temperature less than 100 degrees F is always an emergency

This usually means a rabbit’s system is shutting down and the rabbit is going into shock

Get a heating pad, set it to low, place the rabbit on it and wrap towels around him/her

If you don’t have a heating pad, use hot water bottles

Use a hot water bottle and wrap the rabbit in towels when you transport to the vet

Call your veterinarian or emergency clinic to let them know you are coming in with a dire emergency


GET THE RABBIT TO THE VET WITHOUT DELAY ~ even if your usual rabbit-savvy vet is not available

A veterinarian who is not rabbit-savvy can still provide the following treatment (dogs get Bloat):

PAIN MEDICATION ~ Pokey’s story (he was the catalyst for the article by L. Seeman, MSN) indicates that immediately upon arrival he was given an injection of  Torbutrol (butorphanol).

This is enormously important ~ the pain of bloat is so excruciating that rabbits often just give up

WARMED LACTATED RINGERS SOLUTION ~ administered intravenously (IV)

Rabbits cannot absorb subcutaneous fluids when they are in shock

RESTORE AND MAINTAIN THE APPROPRIATE BODY TEMPERATURE


If treatment is being given by a rabbit-savvy veterinarian ~

When the rabbit has been stabilized ~ the vet will then insert a catheter to withdraw gas and the stomach contents manually

A rabbit’s stomach should never be decompressed with a needle puncture, or peritonitis and death can occur


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