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Applesauce is fine. Try giving him some dandelion leaves or grass if you have any. Not too much, just a leaf or a few blades of grass, per day. If you have a mulberry or maple tree you could try giving him some of those tender twigs that should be starting to leaf out.

Have you tried offering rolled oats? Rabbits usually love those.
he wont eat anything unless i shove it into his mouth with the dropper. before i went to bed. i smeared some applesauce on a small lid so he could lick it up, but when i woke up, he didnt touch it but when i picked him up and fed it to him he lapped it up. i tried oats , but he didnt seem interested at all . just applesauce ..
 

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Have you tried sticking a piece of hay or blade of grass in his mouth?
he normally turns away or shoves his face into a corner so i cant see his face , and if i try when hes in my hands he just freezes ...
i put down white paper towels down in his cage instead of the blanket so i can keep an eye on whats happening, and it seems like we got diarrhea now ! .. so hes getting stuff out! yay ! uping fluids more so he dont dehydrate from it. ima continue what im doing and see if i can hopefully get this blockage gone so he can start eating normally.
 

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UPDATE .. hes got diarrhea , so uping the water intake , grabbed some dandelion greens and he seemed interested finally after him not being the past few days . ate a whole leaf , so i mixed a little with some hay of his , and he ate the whole small pile of hay and the leaf.. fingers crossed he will progress in getting better even more the next few days.
 

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Yay! Eating hay is good! Do not go overboard with the greens. Too many greens will be hard on his stomach.

only gave him 2 leafs , i dont want him to overdo it since he just started eating again, :) hes still grinding his teeth like hes in pain , so ima continue with the applesauce and gas drops .. i brushed his tummy to get some stuff off him , and it didnt sound hollow , so im guessing thats a good thing :)
 

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he dont seem to mind it .. he dont like his feet touched... but his belly is fine, even my doe dont mind her belly touched as long as i dont pick her UP with stomach support , she rather be picked up by her, armpits(?) and butt support but get ONE finger close to her stomach when you pick her up , you get the little tap dance of pain.
 

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This is wonderful news! They go downhill so fast it's always a worry when one won't eat. Kefir is a fermented milk drink (think liquid yogurt) that can help with beneficial bacteria.
LOL thanks Arachyd or the correct spelling. This is what Kifir is...good for the bunny and their intestinal motility. An 8wk old bun, I would give them 1 or 2cc if needed twice a day.
 

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welp .. now my other rabbit is sick .. shes got more pep in her step so its harder getting her to take medicine , same clear mucus from the rump, ears chilled. today is her first day of treatment. fingers crossed she comes through it like he did. hopefully these gas drops do the trick once again. shes a little older then him. but only by about 2 weeks .. i got her first as well. has no problems till today , so what ever he had , he must have given to her... they are now in 2 different rooms so this dont get passed back and forth.

any of you have advice to get a VERY jumpy rabbit to take medicine ? with him i would hold him in one hand and syringe it into his mouth. her ... i had to back her in a corner , and hold her ears so she wouldnt move so i could quickly get the meds into her mouth... i didnt hold tight or lift ... there has to be a better way i feel mean holding her ears.
 

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Is she eating well? If they are eating I don't usually give them gas medicine.
If she is eating, take away the pellets and give her unlimited hay and a few blades of grass. If she has her own water bottle or bowl make her some tea. Black tea, strong brew, no sugar. Dilute by half with water. I don't know why but it seems to work for rabbits that are eating and drinking, at least it worked well for me. If you can find some raw pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas) give her a teaspoon of those each day.
Did you get the oatmeal for the other rabbit? If you did, give her some of that too. I think a tablespoon a day would be enough.
 

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Is she eating well? If they are eating I don't usually give them gas medicine.
If she is eating, take away the pellets and give her unlimited hay and a few blades of grass. If she has her own water bottle or bowl make her some tea. Black tea, strong brew, no sugar. Dilute by half with water. I don't know why but it seems to work for rabbits that are eating and drinking, at least it worked well for me. If you can find some raw pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas) give her a teaspoon of those each day.
Did you get the oatmeal for the other rabbit? If you did, give her some of that too. I think a tablespoon a day would be enough.

shes not really eating , i noticed that right away this time, and shes not going after her waterbottle like she normally does , right now shes just sitting on the hay i put in her cage, and i tried offering her some applesauce and she didnt want any. which , when i was giving him some, she was all for a tiny spoonful herself . shes not acting like herself at all , normally when i wake up in the morning and say good morning to her shes right at the cage door waiting for me to open it to give her head scratches and some fresh food. around this time of day she would be doing laps around her cage and kicking bedding everywhere .. but shes just .. sitting there . i think i noticed her being sick a lot faster , cause im so use to her acting a certain way , and she just, isnt now... him i had no idea cause he was sick day one when i brought him home. ill try the grass, and tea, and oats. fingers crossed she will take some..i dont have any pumpkin seeds though. time to put my nursing cap back on.
 

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The best way to give a squirmy rabbit nedicine is to lay them on your lap on their back. The valley between your thighs is perfect. The head should be toward your belly, do it with their feet toward you and you'll have scars for a long time. Hold your hand over their eyes and gently lift the upper lip on one side. Squirt the medicine in a few drops until they start licking their lips, then squirt in the rest. You can try wrapping them in a towel but I have found that just makes them fight you more. I had to fight with mine only a couple times before they realized the stuff tasted good and they quit fighting me. Except for Princess Katharine, she fought me every time. Tore up a couple shirts too. You might try trimming any sharp nibs off her toenails before you try giving her the medicine that way.
 

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The best way to give a squirmy rabbit nedicine is to lay them on your lap on their back. The valley between your thighs is perfect. The head should be toward your belly, do it with their feet toward you and you'll have scars for a long time. Hold your hand over their eyes and gently lift the upper lip on one side. Squirt the medicine in a few drops until they start licking their lips, then squirt in the rest. You can try wrapping them in a towel but I have found that just makes them fight you more. I had to fight with mine only a couple times before they realized the stuff tasted good and they quit fighting me. Except for Princess Katharine, she fought me every time. Tore up a couple shirts too. You might try trimming any sharp nibs off her toenails before you try giving her the medicine that way.

she doesnt like being on her back at all , i tried flipping her over and she just kicked me till i couldnt hold her anymore, thank goodness it was cold inside enough for me to be still wearing my thicker jacket otherwise i would have had quite a few battle wounds . she barely lets me pick her up out of her cage so i can clean it out. and she HATES when i touch her mouth, kinda worried if i TRY to lift her lip she will bite me , since shes still got a little pep, from only being sick for a day. i did manage to get her meds in her mouth today , so ima see if it will be a bit easier tomorrow.. i got to clean her cage out right now and remove all bedding and put paper towel down like i did to him so i can keep an eye on whats coming out of her.
 

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If she's fighting she should be eating. Try the tea and hay and oatmeal before giving her more medicine.

Kroger sells pepitas, usually in the nut and dried fruit section. They are green seeds in clear square containers. Don't make a special run for them. Some rabbits don't like them and the $6 price is a bit much to try. I like pepitas and usually have some on hand.

Do you have dandelions in your yard? If you do, try giving her one flower. Or you can try a couple violet flowers or violet leaves. It seems like tiny bits of fresh greens helps keep the rabbits eating when they go through something like this. But just tiny bits, too many greens cause bloat. The trick now is getting her to eat so her digestive system keeps working.
 
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