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Has any body experienced a bunny thats dribbling? I cant get a vets appointment at the moment and im concerned about how much Nugget is drooling recently. Constantly wet where he lays or eats
 

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Drooling is often associated with dental issues. Rabbits who are experiencing pain/discomfort due to their teeth may produce excess saliva in an attempt to soothe the discomfort (similar to humans drinking water to soothe any mouth-centered pain). If it is indeed dental, the most immediate concern is likely the ability to eat food. How is his eating?

Reading that it is "constantly wet" wherever he is sounds concerning... how much drool is happening? Do you have a picture? Did this happen suddenly? I have not actually heard of a case for the drooling will form any sort of puddles where the rabbit is. That makes me wonder about your rabbit's actual jaw, in addition to neurological health.

Any additional information would be helpful, but ultimately it sounds like your rabbit needs to be seen by a rabbit-experienced vet: Rabbit Friendly Vet List

Sometimes if you express urgency (such as your rabbit is not eating), vets will squeeze you in for an emergency appointment.

If your rabbit is not eating/has not eaten, you need to force feed your rabbit-- he needs to eat. Critical Care or a pellet mash (mash made from soaking pellets in water) via syringe is the most common method.
 

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He is eating well, he races to his bed for his breakfast and dinner which he normally grabs the bowl before its on the ground. It say i am noticing egg cup size puddles of water where he has been laying. He did have a runny nose a while back which has now dried up. I managed to get an appointment but not at my normal vets so i hope they have some rabbit savvy people there. Im hoping it is not dental issues as i would be worried about him and anaesthetic. He’ 9 years old, on the chunky side and suffers alot from gutt stasis. Apart from the dribble, everything else is good and he is a happy bunny
 

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Well it's great to hear his appetite and energy are still racing! If you're able to gently wipe and help dry out the drool occasionally, that may help fend off any skin irritation from occurring in the mean time.

It seems like, if it is dental, it has progressed a bit so upping hay may not solve it, but perhaps it could help in the meantime or prevent future complications (again, if this is dental) Especially knowing he gets stasis frequently, can you describe his diet? I understand he is an older bunman, but perhaps some modifications could help if it seems appropriate.
 

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Breakfast is cereal and oats with a tiny amount of nuggets, dinner is dill mint parsley coriander with a few dual care nuggets for his tummy. And he munches hay blends all day long. Rarely has treats. Occasional broccoli sprigs. I am trying to book an appointment tomorrow or wednesday and il keep you updated with what they say.
 

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I agree it's a likely dental problem. Might even just be a piece of hay stuck and causing irritation.

Medirabbit: drooling in rabbits


If you can get to Maidstone, Mark Rowland at Trinity Vets is a highly recommended rabbit vet.

 

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Mark is away this week as i did ask for him today. He over sees the care of Bambi who suffers with osteomyelitis. I had been told by one of the receptionists that they are very very busy recently. And my closest vet Paul is on holiday from vets for pets gravesend. Il read the link you sent me, thank you.
 

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Hopefully it's just something minor like stuck hay, and they can get it taken care of easily. When you're able to get in to see one of them that is. Don't know if you've already looked here for a vet or not.

 

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Hopefully it's just something minor like stuck hay, and they can get it taken care of easily. When you're able to get in to see one of them that is. Don't know if you've already looked here for a vet or not.

I managed to get him seen and he has spurs on his back teeth, earliest appointment is kust over a week away to have dental work done, he has lost 400g from 3.2kg to 2.8kg which is worrying but he did need to shift the bulk
 

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That's great you were able to get him in!

Because he's losing weight, he must not be eating quite as well. If you feel you need to up his food intake while waiting for his appointment, if he's eating nuggets fine, increasing those can help. Or if you don't want to increase nuggets there are plain hay pellets available. If he's not eating nuggets well, soaking them in warm water to make a pellet mush can be helpful for dental buns. Or feeding recovery food mix.
 

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That's great you were able to get him in!

Because he's losing weight, he must not be eating quite as well. If you feel you need to up his food intake while waiting for his appointment, if he's eating nuggets fine, increasing those can help. Or if you don't want to increase nuggets there are plain hay pellets available. If he's not eating nuggets well, soaking them in warm water to make a pellet mush can be helpful for dental buns. Or feeding recovery food mix.
I used to soak the nuggets of different flavours in warm water and bake them like thin little waffers and they loved them. But the paste is a good idea. I scooped him up tonight and was shocked at how light he felt. The big concern is less going in means gutt stasis is not far off with him. For a big boy he is a delicate little flower. I feel really bad for him coz it must be hurting him and i cant fix it instantly.
thank you very much for your input to this, the forum is a great source of knowledge share. Would you like me to keep you updated as things progress?
 

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Yes, please do. I would really like to know how your bun is doing and how the dental goes.
 

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Yes, please do. I would really like to know how your bun is doing and how the dental goes.
Hello JBun, Nugget has decided to stop eating and been taken to emergency vets to see if they can get him eating again with plans to go ahead and tackle his teeth and get his gut moving again.
 

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Shoot! I hope it all goes well. That's good you were able to get him back in and the dental can get done now.
 

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