Almost 2 week old dropper fed baby with a huge belly

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  1. Menkot

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    20171215_105751.jpg We had a surprise litter (thought we had 2 females). She didn't feed them, so I took them and have been feeding them. We have 2 left of the original 8 (one was stillborn though). One of them has a huge, swollen, soft, mushy, red belly. It is still eating well and pooping and peeing. Its belly just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I tried gas drops, but the belly didn't go down. Any ideas?
     
  2. ladytoysdream

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    Keep the baby warm. As long as it can poop and pee okay, then that is good.
    It it's gas / bloating, if you can keep the head up, then maybe the gas bubble will rise,

    If the belly gets bigger, all I can think of is this product.
    https://www.amazon.com/Drops-Liquid-Treatment-Diarrhea-1-Ounce/dp/B00BS98NUG
    And I am guessing here.
    I have used this product on my last sick bunny and I pulled him through. But then
    I had to make sure he got plenty of treats to get the weight back on him.

    The gas drops you are using would be for a human baby, correct ?

    What are you using for milk ?
    My one house rabbit last year, I used skim milk on her 24/7 for 2 weeks,
    to keep her fed via a eye dropper. She would have died if I had not did
    what I did.
     

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    It is getting kitten replacement formula with heavy whipping cream and a little karo syrup. Yes, the gas drops are just baby gas drops. I mixed the formula for in the morning without the heavy whipping cream to see if that would help. He is even bigger tonight. This one would have died of I hadn't started feeding it too. The mom did not feed them. I was checking them carefully. They started out looking good and then turned into barely alive shriveled little raisins. It was sad.
     
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    I don't think the heavy whipping cream is a good idea. Never heard of that being used.
    The karo syrup not sure of that either.
    Maybe cut back on these 2 items.
    What is your source of information to use these 2 items ?

    I have never had to feed tiny ones. The youngest I had to work with were 3 weeks old.

    The kitten replacement formula sounds good.
     
  5. Menkot

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    It was a formula i found online. According to what I read, the kitten formula would not be rich enough by itself. The other baby is doing fine on it.
     
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    If it is working for you. then by all means, use it.
    I can only suggest what I would try if it was my animal.

    Actually to me, the stomach is not really that big.
    But again, this is my opinion and hard to tell just from a picture.
     
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    Removing the Karo did the trick. Thought i would post an update. It is a very ratty looking baby, but it is eating real food now and doing great. It is on a road trip now. Snapchat-980447276.jpg
     
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    Thank you for the update. Glad bunny made it :)
    Remember as you add different foods, only small portions at a time.
    Maybe you can add a pic again sometime in the future. It is always
    interesting to see progress. What's the bunny's name ?
     
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    I'm only feeding it pellets and alfalfa hay. I'm not adding anything else for awhile. We're not real sure of the name yet. We call it fudge and roo. It thinks it is a person lol. It follows you just like a puppy.
     
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    When you start to give new foods,
    I would add like dry oatmeal. The old fashion kind. Not instant.
    My house bunny Bugs, he likes plain cereal, no sugar kinds. Also graham crackers.
    I give him like one saltine square broke up a little. Tiny pieces of carrot.
    He is a dwarf and I have to be careful so he does not get any loose stools.
    His hind legs are not right. One he can use but the other one no. He is
    1.5 years old and doing very good. He also gets hay and regular pellets.
    His problem is a birth defect and most rabbits like him either don't make
    it or the breeder puts them down. Bugs was a fighter from day one and
    I let nature take it's course. He kept going and puts a smile on my face
    every day :)
     
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