January 2018 Pet of the Month
For our first pet of the month for 2018, we are honoured to introduce little Soot Chang, a cute 7 month old Dwarf Lop-eared rabbit!
Little Soot’s diligent owner brought him to us for being not quite right at home, quiet and was only eating around 50% of his normal diet after a stressful event.
Dr Jana conducted a thorough physical exam checking his teeth, a musculo-skeletal exam and abdominal palpation. She suggested pain relief, x-rays and fluid therapy to help keep him comfortable and hydrated while finding out what may be the cause.
The x-rays revealed a mild gas pattern in the intestines indicating potential hypomotility (reduced activity of the intestines to pass digested food) but no other abnormalities such as a foreign body or bloat was detected and surgery was not necessary.
Gastric hypomotility/gastric ileus is commonly seen in rabbits and can be life - threatening if not detected and treated promptly. The rabbit gut system is under complex control with many influences such as hormones as well as the nervous system. One such hormone Motilin which enhances motility can be inhibited by a variety of factors such as:
- low dietary fibre
- too much carbohydrates in the diet
Stress can be as a result of predators (cats and dogs) being nearby, competitive rabbits in the enclosure or change of hierarchy, loss of a companion, change of environment, transport, extreme temperatures or pain.
After fluid therapy in the clinic and dedicated home care provided by Soot’s owner, the next day at the revisit Soot was eating more, seemed a lot happier and comfortable and by the third day he had made a complete recovery! Well done to Soot's wonderful, caring owners for ensuring that he recieved all the care needed to make a full recovery.