Monday, October 8, 2012
River's tummy troubles.
I tried to tempt her with oats and managed to get her to nibble at it a bit, but she kept trying to press her belly into the floor or would sit hunched over in her litter box (both signs of belly pain). This had all of the hallmarks of colic and GI stasis, which is life-threatening within 12 hours if the bunny doesn't eat (not knowing when she last ate, I was getting desperate).
I decided to let them both out of their cages to see if getting River to move around would help stimulate her appetite and get her gut active again. Here, we find them both hanging out in the big cage with Simon trying to comfort River...the box is a bit small for two buns to fit, but he made do.
By this point, I was trying to think of any way to get liquids into River so she wouldn't dehydrate and came up with the idea of making some peppermint tea and diluting it with cold water. Her favorite herb is mint, so this was my sneaky way of getting her to drink.
Now that we know that River is somehow more susceptible to GI stasis and colic, we're going to be watching her like a hawk from now on since we still don't know what precipitated this. I'm happy to report that she's doing much better now and seems to be back to her old self! We've been giving her lots of fresh mint and greens with her hay to help prevent a relapse.