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GI Stasis...what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019

GI Stasis...the most dreaded words to a bunny owner. When dealing with GI Stasis, poop is the best sign in the world; I know that sounds crazy to a non-bunny parent! One of our team members lost her precious baby girl to GI Stasis about two months ago; her world was scattered. The Fluffle House was created in her honor.

I know what you’re thinking, what’s GI Stasis and why is it such a big deal? The Animal House Chicago describes it’s clearly, “Gastrointestinal (GI) stasis is a potentially dangerous condition in rabbits, where muscular contractions of the stomach and intestines are reduced and normal bacteria in the digestive tract become out of balance” (Gastrointestinal (GI) Stasis in Rabbi...). There are a couple things that cause GI Stasis: “(1) stress, (2) dehydration, (3) pain from another underlying disorder or illness (such as gas, dental problems, infections, or urinary tract disorders) (4) an intestinal blockage or, (5) insufficient dietary crude fiber” (Gastrointestinal Stasis: The Silent K...).

In Winnie’s case, it was more than just dangerous; it ended her life. Knowing the signs and taking immediate action are the best ways to help your rabbit. The signs of GI Stasis are highlighted below.

  • Small and/or malformed fecal pellets

  • No fecal pellets

  • Loss of appetite

  • Lethargy / hunched posture

If your rabbit displays any/all of the symptoms above, they need to see a vet immediately.

For more information on GI Stasis view the links below:

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