Ileus is a symptom of another underlying problem, so understanding the condition and looking for the primary cause is vital
Posted: 17 May 2017
Gastro intestinal stasis is often known as ‘the silent killer’ in rabbits. If left untreated, the animal can rapidly become very depressed and critical, and can die in as little as 12 hours.
The stasis (ileus) is a symptom of another underlying problem, so understanding the condition and looking for the primary cause is vital.
Ileus can be either obstructive or non-obstructive. It’s important to identify the clinical signs and differentiate between the two presentations of ileus.
Obstructive ileus happens rapidly, with the animal becoming dehydrated and critical within hours. On xray you may find fluid and gas cranial to the obstruction.
Treatment of obstructive ileus - some key points
Non-obstructive ileus starts and progresses slowly over a few days. There is a slow reduction in faecal size and output. As symptoms progress, the entire gastrointestinal tract fills with gas, which is clearly visible on xray.
Treatment of non-obstructive ileus
A typical treatment plan would include;
Excel Dualcare – a complete diet that can be mixed with water and syringe fed to sick rabbits.