2-week-old bunny with diarrhea

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Dutchgirl, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
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    I have a 2-week-old kit who has survived over 24 (probably more like 40-48) hours with diarrhea. At first I just thought it had peed on itself, but now it's clear, jellylike, foul-smelling diarrhea.

    The kit has no interest whatsoever in nursing. I made a solution of water, sugar, and salt (according to a recipe I found) and it has been drinking just a little of that.

    I am encouraged that it is making a little effort to keep its face and front paws groomed.

    I've found lots of articles about just-weaned kits with diarrhea, but what about kits in the nestbox?
     
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  2. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you been feeding it greens? make sure he is nursing also.
     
  3. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also suggest to PM BunnyLady. she has a great knowledge of rabbits
     
  4. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
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    It's possible the kit nibbled on some plantain leaves while I wasn't looking, but I was pretty sure that they didn't eat any. Besides, plantain leaves are supposed to be very gentle on the digestive tract. I wouldn't think that they would cause this - even in a 2-week-old?

    I can't make sure the kit is nursing. I did what I could, but I'm serious - the kit has no interest in nursing. The other kits go nuts when they smell mom; he just sits there with his eyes shut. Once he stuck half his body under but made no move to nurse.
     
  5. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if he did try some plantain leaves the result can be bad with that young of a kit, because you are not supposed to let them have any greens until 6 months.
     
  6. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    U.S.A.
    I do usually take special care not to let young kits have greens (but I see no problem with letting 3-month-old juniors have some in limited quantities). From what I've read about plantain, though, I wasn't being quite as careful with it as usual. I still have doubts that it ate any. I did watch it eat hay and perhaps nibble on a pellet, though.
     
  7. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what are you feeding him at the moment?
     
  8. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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  9. orpington13

    orpington13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does the diarrhea have a little blood in it?
     
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