foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

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foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby susie bun » 30 Jan 2013 09:58

Spenser already has pro-fibre. Anything else I could do to stimualte his sluggish gut?
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby sdf76 » 30 Jan 2013 11:02

I've heard some say they just mush up the ss pellets with a bit of lukewarm water and use instead of the critical care, but not tried that myself?

Also heard it's good to give them gentle tummy rubs or get them to move around a bit?

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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby susie bun » 30 Jan 2013 12:02

I'd forgotten about pellet mush! Thanks for the reminder. This helped Spenser in the past when he was going through a similar phase.
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby Blackberry » 30 Jan 2013 12:42

Any chance of getting him to run around a bit more.....?

Pellet much is always good :)
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby susie bun » 30 Jan 2013 14:19

He isn't the most active of rabbits, although he does have opportunity. Like most rabbits he is normally quite active in the morning, and sometimes at night. I really shouldn't give in and put his food bowl so close to him at tea time, but then if I don't he will just sit and scowl at me unless the offering is particularly to his liking.

I know he is spoilt, but the vet has confirmed his gut is sluggish, so I really need to try.
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby Apache » 30 Jan 2013 20:58

is it worth seeing if you vet will give you some metaclop (think its metacloprimide) for him, as that stimulates the hind gut.

Hope he's better soon x

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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby susie bun » 30 Jan 2013 21:52

Apache wrote:is it worth seeing if you vet will give you some metaclop (think its metacloprimide) for him, as that stimulates the hind gut.

Hope he's better soon x


He had some sort of gut stimulant as an injection last week. One of the problems with Spenser is that he is nigh-on impossible to medicate. I am keep an eye on his output and will call the vet if it gets worse. I do wish he would move about a bit more, especially in the evening when he is supposed to be active.
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby sdf76 » 30 Jan 2013 22:08

susie bun wrote:
Apache wrote:is it worth seeing if you vet will give you some metaclop (think its metacloprimide) for him, as that stimulates the hind gut.

Hope he's better soon x


He had some sort of gut stimulant as an injection last week. One of the problems with Spenser is that he is nigh-on impossible to medicate. I am keep an eye on his output and will call the vet if it gets worse. I do wish he would move about a bit more, especially in the evening when he is supposed to be active.


try picking him up and putting him at one end of the room -he will probably run back to his "den".

Is he inquisitive? Maybe stack a pile of books that he might climb on and jump off?

cool down the room a little and give him a snugglesafe to lie on? ..That would warm his tum without overheating him....Or a folded up warm towel under his tum.?

sue :)
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby susie bun » 30 Jan 2013 23:43

I try to pick him up at least once a day. My latest way of exercising him is to carry him downstairs, then he hops up by himself. He does get the opportunity to have a walk down the hall to his grandparent room twice a day, but he isn't always in the mood.
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Re: foods to stimulate a sluggish gut?

Postby Apache » 01 Feb 2013 09:07

susie bun wrote:
Apache wrote:is it worth seeing if you vet will give you some metaclop (think its metacloprimide) for him, as that stimulates the hind gut.

Hope he's better soon x


He had some sort of gut stimulant as an injection last week. One of the problems with Spenser is that he is nigh-on impossible to medicate. I am keep an eye on his output and will call the vet if it gets worse. I do wish he would move about a bit more, especially in the evening when he is supposed to be active.


The vet can give you metaclop in liquid form, i used to dribble it onto Alfred's pellets, let it absorb, or dribble onto grated carrot, I've not had to use it for a while (touch wood!) but the vet is happy for me to give this as and when.

Also - can you move his feed bowl further away?

Hope he feels better soon x


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