If your rabbit stops going to the toilet, it’s a warning sign!

I have a pet rabbit of about 4-5 months, living with me in Milano, Italy. A few weeks ago my rabbit stopped pooping well. The few times she was able to, the droppings were very small and hard.

We took her to the vet who recommended 1 ml of Motilex (clebopride) and 0.2 ml of Zantadine (ranitidina) per day, and to feed her critical care food for rabbits every 6 hours. We were to do this for at least five days.

After 2-3 days of treatment, the rabbit started to improve, and after 5 days, she seemed to be absolutely fine. She was active, ate well, and pooped normally.

However, about a week ago we noticed that the rabbit didn’t poop throughout the day at all and only did so from 7 to 8 o’clock in the evening. That lasted for 2 days, after which we took her to the vet again.

The doctor performed an ultrasound and told us that the parietes of her small bowel were enlarged, probably because of enteritis, and told us to resume the previous treatment for at least 1-2 more weeks.

Now it’s almost a week of this therapy, and my rabbit seems to be active again. She eats normally and drinks a lot. However, she still poops only in the evening, never during the day.

We also got blood tests for her but the results haven’t arrived yet, so we just don’t know what to do and if this treatment will help. I also read that Motilex could be dangerous if given for long periods.

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Miranda Hawkins
Miranda currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, 8-year old son, and what she lovingly calls her “zoo.” Miranda grew up in the Midwest and always had animals around while growing up. After graduating from college, she married her husband Sam and they moved to the mountains of Colorado where Miranda became very involved with the regional rabbit rescues.

Currently, her “zoo” includes two dogs, one rambunctious cat, and three indoor rabbits. Oliver, a delightful Black Otter Holland Lop, and Juniper, a gorgeous Opal Satin Angora, are a bonded pair and have been together for three years.

She had the pleasure of adding an energetic Fawn Flemish Giant to her family one year ago, named Sir Gregor. He had been abandoned outside a pet store and was put up for adoption. Miranda feels very blessed to have this lovable lagomorph living amongst her family and is a strong advocate for educating people about rabbits and how special they truly are.

Miranda has put together a team of rabbit lovers and breeders from across the country and hopes you will find the information and resources on the JustRabbits.com site beneficial. She loves to hear from her readers and looks forward to seeing many more people become loving responsible bunny parents.