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I just got home and I found Fuyu's pee looking creamy consistency and its white
she is 2 months old or smaller
I have her for 2 weeks now
she's eating alfalfa hay and the pellets she used to eat at the place I got her from, I don't know what kind it is but probably its for older rabbits , I'm feeding her less pellets each day
I'm going to the vet on Saturday but I want to know what should I do for her now? what should I do? should I stop giving her the alfalfa hay or what?
also she doesn't eat veggies yet.
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Switch her off of alfalfa hay and onto free fed grass hay like timothy, orchard, meadow, etc. Alfalfa is high in calcium and it looks like your rabbit is getting too much calcium in her diet.

If there was pasty sludge, it also means your rabbit will always be sensitive to high calcium in the diet. So you may also need to transition her onto a low calcium pellet and when you start feeding veggies and greens, they will need to be low calcium as well.


 

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Switch her off of alfalfa hay and onto free fed grass hay like timothy, orchard, meadow, etc. Alfalfa is high in calcium and it looks like your rabbit is getting too much calcium in her diet.

If there was pasty sludge, it also means your rabbit will always be sensitive to high calcium in the diet. So you may also need to transition her onto a low calcium pellet and when you start feeding veggies and greens, they will need to be low calcium as well.


Is it okay if she eats less alfalfa like a cup or something? because she looks very thin.. or is she never allowed to eat it?even after she gets better? and what would the vet do to help her get better?
 

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If she does in fact have pasty bladder sludge(not just light chalky residue), then there isn't a choice. If you don't stop the alfalfa, the sludge can build up in the bladder and lead to pain, inflammation, and a bladder infection, as well as it forming a mass of built up calcium deposits in the bladder, that then need to be expressed out and removed from the bladder.

This is the rabbit that has the drooling and bacterial skin infection, yes? Then this rabbit is probably very thin because she has a dental problem, which is also causing the drooling problem. Once that problem is fixed, your rabbit won't have trouble eating anymore and will then be able to eat normally and put on weight. As long as you are feeding a good quality grass hay and low calcium pellet and your rabbit is eating these foods really well, this will reduce the risk of bladder sludge and your rabbit shouldn't have a problem putting weight back on.

While you are sorting out the drooling and dental problems with your rabbit, when you stop feeding the alfalfa hay, you will need to make sure your rabbit is still able to eat enough food. If your rabbit is having difficulty eating or having problems eating hay strands, then you will either need to make sure your rabbit can eat enough pellets, or you may even need to start syringe feeding. Your rabbit is thin because she isn't able to eat enough food, and this isn't a good thing.
 

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If she does in fact have pasty bladder sludge(not just light chalky residue), then there isn't a choice. If you don't stop the alfalfa, the sludge can build up in the bladder and lead to pain, inflammation, and a bladder infection, as well as it forming a mass of built up calcium deposits in the bladder, that then need to be expressed out and removed from the bladder.

This is the rabbit that has the drooling and bacterial skin infection, yes? Then this rabbit is probably very thin because she has a dental problem, which is also causing the drooling problem. Once that problem is fixed, your rabbit won't have trouble eating anymore and will then be able to eat normally and put on weight. As long as you are feeding a good quality grass hay and low calcium pellet and your rabbit is eating these foods really well, this will reduce the risk of bladder sludge and your rabbit shouldn't have a problem putting weight back on.

While you are sorting out the drooling and dental problems with your rabbit, when you stop feeding the alfalfa hay, you will need to make sure your rabbit is still able to eat enough food. If your rabbit is having difficulty eating or having problems eating hay strands, then you will either need to make sure your rabbit can eat enough pellets, or you may even need to start syringe feeding. Your rabbit is thin because she isn't able to eat enough food, and this isn't a good thing.
Well.. the drooling suddenly stopped by itself, and her face is dry now, they took her to the vet and cut off most of the green fur.
What’s the solution for bladder sludge?because the vet only gave them an antibiotic and vitamins..
We changed the hay to mountain hay because it’s softer than the timothy and she started eating it right away
She’s also been eating more hay the past two days and her poops got slightly bigger
 

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Perfect! Maybe she just had a piece of hay or something stuck in there and that was rubbing her mouth and causing the drooling, and it somehow dislodged itself. If so, her face shouldn't be getting wet anymore and this should all clear up. Do you know what antibiotic the vet gave?

Changing from alfalfa to the mountain hay should help, hopefully clear up the bladder sludge completely.
 
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