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Bloat

Bloat as the name suggests is a build up of gases in the rabbits stomach.  The rabbit will not be interested in food and will probably be hunched up as well as possibly grinding it's teeth, all indicating pain.  Rabbits will often eat their mix very quickly, too fast for proper digestion, so food can't move properly along the gut.  The rabbit won't be very interested in getting any attention and will probably be quite lethargic if you hold it.  You will be able to feel a large lump in it's belly, which is the build up of gas.  

The most effective way I've found to treat this is with a dose of Infacol, an infant colic remedy, available from chemists at a dosage of approx 0.5ml  for babies and 1ml for adults every 4 hours until the problem is relieved.  The colic remedy reduces the build up of gas within a short time and if given promptly enough this is the best treatment for bloat.  However, if the rabbit has gone into a state of gut stasis, a visit to the vet for medical treatment with something to stimulate movement in the intestines is immediately necessary.

 

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