Category: Bloat

BLOAT ~ WHAT TO DO

BLOAT IS LIFE-THREATENING. This article presents the steps to take if you suspect your rabbit is experiencing from this condition. IT IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT YOU ACT IMMEDIATELY.

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BLOAT ~ DIAGNOSIS and TREATMENT

Treatment is not always successful, however, it provides the rabbit with relief from the gastric distention, and pain medication to deal with the excruciating pain of bloat.

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BLOAT ~ CAUSES

Meadow ~ What I take away from reading the two articles contained in this section, is that the entire mechanism of Bloat is still not fully understood. One author states that ~ “more than 90% of intestinal obstructions are caused by a mat of hair…that is NOT the normal hair that is swallowed by the rabbit every day when he grooms himself…bur rather a very, very dense and resembles a little block of felt.

The second opinion includes carpet fiber ingestion, as well as the involvement of gastric ulcers and scar tissue.

Our extremely rabbit-savvy vet is of the opinion that there is at least some gut slowdown (GI Stasis) prior to complete obstruction.

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BLOAT ~ SIGNS and SYMPTOMS

Gastrointestinal Dilation, also known as gastrointestinal obstruction or “bloat,” is ONE OF THE FEW IMMEDIATELY LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS SEEN IN HOUSE RABBITS. Therefore, it is important that rabbit owners be aware of the signs and symptoms of this disorder.

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BLOAT ~ WHAT IT IS

Gastrointestinal Dilation, also known as gastrointestinal obstruction or “bloat,” is ONE OF THE FEW IMMEDIATELY LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS SEEN IN HOUSE RABBITS. Therefore, it is important that rabbit owners be aware of the signs and symptoms of this disorder. The earlier medical treatment is started, the greater the probability the rabbit will survive.

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