This is not a disease you should diagnose at home and then try a home remedy. This is because other diseases can mimic GI stasis, other diseases can be occurring simultaneously, and also because by the time you notice a problem the disease is already well entrenched.

The longer you wait for an accurate diagnosis the poorer the prognosis becomes.

A thorough exam needs to be made to determine the exact nature of your rabbit’s problem. This is important since other diseases can mimic GI stasis.

Physical Exam ~

Weigh the rabbit

Take the rabbit’s temperature

Check molar and incisor teeth

Check lymph nodes

Palpate the abdomen

Check heart with a small animal stethoscope

Check hydration

Routine tests ~

Blood Panel


Fecal exam ~ for parasites


This is the radiograph of the abdomen of a rabbit that is laying on its right side. The arrow is pointing to a round stomach filled with ingesta. This could be normal food or it could be the result of GI stasis. If this rabbit has a history of not eating for several days then it increases the probablity of GI stasis.

This rabbit is on its back, with the head at the top, arrow pointing to the stomach. The dark area at the top on each side is the lungs that are in the thorax. Everything below this dark area is in the abdomen.  Notice how large this distended stomach is. This has the potential to be a GI stasis problem just like the radiograph above.

Source  ~  “Gastrointestinal (GI) Stasis – Hairballs Syndrome” ~ Long Beach Animal Hospital ~ at