Blockage is normally a result of a diet too rich in digestible carbohydrates and too low in crude fiber. Rabbits need Crude Fiber in large amounts and when they are deprived from things that provides them with that they can have a blockage in the intestines. Of course that is just one reason the blockage can occur, stress due to separation, boredom, noise, fear all can contribute to the intestines to slowdown causing blockage. Pain due to other illness can also cause the animal to stop eating and drinking which therefore could cause a blockage as well. Keeping an eye on teeth and gums health with your bi annual vet visit will take care of any issue in that area.
Providing fresh hay and fresh dark leaves daily along with exercise is how we prevent our rabbits from having such problems. We also take our animals to our Rabbit Savvy Veterinarian Dr.Orr and Dr. Centini at Creekside Animal Hospital for by annual exams to prevent any illness.
Often, however, it is caused by a slowing of the normal peristaltic muscular contractions which push food and liquids through the intestines.
The slowdown or cessation of peristalsis of the intestine is known as gastrointestinal (GI) stasis.
As a grazer animal much like a cow, rabbits should have food and liquid moving down its pipes all day long, If your rabbit stops eating or producing feces for 12 hours or more, you should consider the condition an EMERGENCY.
I always have Oxbow Critical Care handy and if needed I always force feed my animals before they go that long without food.
Vet care can be pricey that's why I recommend spending more in feed then vet bills. Good quality ,high fiber diet with a variety of fresh greens will guarantee just that, after all, the one who created all animals knows best about Rabbit food!
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