So this actually happened back in April of 2016 a month after Dino had GI Stasis for the second time. Read more about it here. He was treated at the vet for his on going dental issues. The vet had removed a tooth during a normal teeth grinding appointment for dental spurs. Dino had been doing this every month for about 2 and a half years. His teeth grow dental spurs that need to be ground down every month. It was during one of these appointments where the vet pulled a tooth.
Because of his history with him going into GI Stasis after a tooth was removed we were on high alert. We learned last time that Dino does not respond well when in a vet hospital. He only responded during his last hospitalization when we visited. He would eat a little and poop while we were there. After a few days in the hospital with no improvement, the vet sent him home with us hoping that he would respond once back home again and he did. Within 3 hours of returning home he began to eat and poop.
So we gave him all the GI drugs and pain meds. He had stopped eating and pooping due to what I was pretty sure was dental pain. Here are a few pointers to take note of that clued me in that he was in pain:
Signs of pain for Dino:
- He stopped eating, he stopped pooping and did not move around.
- He would take a pc of food into his mouth and then drop it. He would not chew it or bite it. He wanted to eat but the dental pain made him drop the food out of his mouth.
- He would sit upright with a slight lean forward. He kept his eyes closed. Can you see how he is sitting upright but cleaning forward some.
- He just seemed to be off – not himself. Not engaging his wife or us. Not coming for treats or eating treats. Not running for food when called that is was time for food.
We have called our vet in the past to ask what the max dosage of pain meds we can give is. This is so important to know so that if your bun is not responding to meds you know what your options to safely increase the dosage is. Your vet will prescribe a pretty low dose so that may not work. As it did not for Dino. So ask what the options are if the pain med does not work so you have a back up plan. Once we increased the dosage he began to respond.
We were able to pull him through the stasis on our own at home. Its so important that you know your bunny and know when something is off. We were amazed that we were able to treat him at home since we had all the meds on hand. If your bun is prone to GI Stasis then have the meds on hand at all times and be sure to check the expiration dates often too.
Here is a pic of our little Dino when sitting under the Christmas tree.
Know your bun. Ask your vet about Critical Care a food supplement that you can feed by syringe to your bun to help him or her get through GI Stasis.
Have the Critical Care on hand in your frig because you never know when you will need it.
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