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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Hi there. Thank you. I guess I should have updated this thread. Spike passed away not too soon after this. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (which is what all this seemed to be a symptom of). And he had lost too much weight. Even on exhorbant amounts of hay only, the weight fell...
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    Goodbye, Dear Spike

    Spike was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a week ago. He fought the good fight and really tried, but this morning he fell over trying to come for breakfast and never got back up. :( He would've been ten this October, and until this month, rarely had a sick day (the vet couldn't...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thank you! Yes, the vet has asked me to add alfalfa hay. We are doing a tiny bit a day, till he gets used to it. And we are also giving him a few pellets as well. The vet has still told me no to greens, but I will ask again. Honestly, right now, I just need him to gain some weight. Poor guy...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    So an update on Spike. We went back to the vet yesterday as a follow up. The furosemide hadn't done much yet, other than make him pee a lot, so his dose was increased (and today he does seem to be breathing a bit easier). Since he is still getting soft poos at night, and he was getting too...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thanks, JBun. Yeah, it definitely wasn't what we expected to hear when we brought him in. But I'm so glad I didn't ignore it when I knew something wasn't right. Thank you for letting me know about other buns doing well with enlarged hearts. I was looking it up last night, and I've seen that...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    An update on Spike. We ran him to the vet yesterday because we had not changed a thing and his stools were worse that day. I'd also been noticing a violent rocking with his breathing over the last couple weeks I thought might be a side effect of the metacam. The first thing they did was weigh...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    I just had a look at the critical care ingredients and whoa, you are right about the sugar! And fruit, which I stopped giving Spike a few years ago because it was rough on his tummy. It's weird my vet kept saying it would fix the problem (my vet is pretty rabbit savvy - most of her patients are...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    No access to other buns, no. :(
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thank you! Yeah, I'm suspicious of the critical care, but my vet keeps insisting it should correct the problem, not make it worse. But I agree with you about the sugars. I have read metacam can cause it, but this was happening prior to us starting the metacam. I did find the Oxbow Digestive...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    So it has been one month, and we are still finding soft stools. It always happens at one time of day, then the rest of the time, he is fine. He is eating SO much hay. We are refilling his hay basket like 6 times a day (he is only eating Timothy-the long strands. I even removed the hay stacks in...
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    Scared about dental

    Sigh... So it has been three weeks and we are still seeing some soft stools (about 1-5 a day. The rest of the time, his stool is normal, and we are seeing that some of them are a bit more formed than they used to me). His diet down to only hay and water, with small doses of critical care twice...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thank you! Those sheets are very helpful. I'm so perplexed though, because yesterday he had a much better day (we only found one runny stool and it was mixed in with regular ones). Today, I've already seen 4. And where this used to happen in the afternoon, now it's happening in the morning. I'm...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thank you. I've started operation: phase out pellets today. I'm going to slowly phase those out and then the critical care so it's not one big jump for him. It's been exactly two weeks since this all started. I see days where it is better and days where it isn't as great. My vet has said if it's...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Okay, so the last couple days, Spike's been doing better. Eating lots of hay, lots more energy. We've only seen maybe one or two runny stools. This morning, though, I woke up to a runny stool (which is not normal because he usually only gets them in the afternoon), and now he is hiding in a...
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    Will het starve on hay only? (soft stools)

    Thank you! I hope so, too!
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