So what do we do about rabbit gasping this is not an unusual phenomenon especially if the rabbit has access to things he shouldn’t be eating or too much of what he should be eating you can get a rabbit who’s gassy one common way we deal with this is we give the rabbit something called pediatric simethicone which really is.
Baby gas drops there are many different brands baby gas drops comes in a little shaker bottle and you just draw up a little syringe worth and.
You put it in the rabbits mouth it doesn’t leave the rabbits intestinal tract it doesn’t leave the lumen of the intestinal tract so you can’t really overdose it but we usually give about one milliliter or one cc per hour for three hours straight one dose an hour later a second dose an hour later a third dose if there’s no difference.
By the third dose the difference probably isn’t going to happen from that but the other thing that we do that I wanted to show here is we give rabbits belly massage and some rabbits just really love this and respond to it and it’s very helpful with gas sometimes you’ll.
Hear them pass gas or you’ll hear.
The gas bubbling around in their bellies when you do this and belly massage involves very gentle pressure under the rabbits tummy like this I’m just going to put my hands here in here and I’m going to kind of manipulate one side and.
Then the other side up and down up and down usually feels good bean does not have gas pain right now being as this little bunnies name he.
Doesn’t have gas pain but he enjoys belly massage anyway it feels good I sometimes push.
The whole belly back and forth from side to side and you can hear.
Funny little noises like koi yo yo yo yo yo yo when you’re doing this you hear the gas moving around which is part of the point if you have trapped air in the in the digestive tract and you can help that air move along you’re going to help relieve the bunnies pain so this is an easy part.
Of belly massage to do what you don’t want to do is you never want to push your fingers so far up into the belly that you increase the rabbit’s pain so you just be very.
Very gentle keep the rabbit comfortable and when you’re finished the side by side motion you might want to.
Try this kind of motion where you’re lifting the rabbits hindquarters and I place him in my arms like.
This facing my dominant hand and I raise his butt and I basically I let him bounce like this just gently let him bounce sometimes I support the hindquarters like this but it doesn’t matter most.
Bunnies like this feeling and they will relax into your hands you can actually feel their little bodies settle into your hand they drop their weight right down into your hand because it feels good it’s.
A relief it’s kind of like rubbing your belly when you have a stomach ache they.
Enjoy it and you can watch their feet drop down and you don’t have to wait til your bunny has gasps pain to do this if your bunny loves belly massage or likes to have this body position set too high you can you can just kind of experiment find out what’s comfortable for.
Your bunny what’s too much that was probably a little too much for him.
A little too high and so I back off watch your bunnies feedback and you’ll know if you’re doing something painful stop doing it experiment with a different.
Position it’s easy and it might provide an awful lot of relief right beanie you little cutie.