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Yesterday evening she flopped and she is better since. She is eating hay also accepts digestive support. She lost some weight. She is now 1292 g, whereas she was 1355 g 2 days ago.
 

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Could this be due to the pellets? Our vet (who is specialized in Rabbits) told that we should feed her pellets if she is in this bad health. So before yesterday we gave her more than her regular portion.
 

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Could this be due to the pellets? Our vet (who is specialized in Rabbits) told that we should feed her pellets if she is in this bad health. So before yesterday we gave her more than her regular portion.
Yes, it's possible and also the critical care which is like pellets.
 

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The digestive support tablets could also be contributing. Those tablets, critical care mix, and pellets all contain grains and sugars (molasses, etc). My rabbit that had reoccurring stasis couldn't have anything that contained grains or sugars. When he was recovering and I was trying to syringe feed critical care, I noticed he would feel sick after. I had to switch him to a mix made with plain hay pellets (nothing else added), and that was finally when he started to improve and get better. He never got stasis again on his hay only diet. He stayed perfectly healthy and maintained a good weight being on this diet.

I also had another rabbit born with a genetic digestive disorder that had to also be on a hay and greens diet(and a salt block), and he was healthy on this diet too. So rabbits don't necessarily need to have pellets in their diet to stay healthy. Though you do have to make sure they are getting the proper balance of protein and fiber to best maintain a healthy weight, and continually monitor them to make sure they stay at a healthy weight.

One other thing to consider is the possibility of internal parasites being the root cause of the problem. In rare cases when there is a heavy parasite load, it can drastically affect a rabbits digestive function causing repeated bouts with stasis or other digestive issues. I would try a deworming treatment. The vet can do a fecal float to determine if parasites are present and administer the proper med if they are. Though in some instances it can be inaccurate and come out negative even when there is evidence that parasites are the root of the problem.
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_diseases/Parasitic_diseases/Pass/Pass_en.htm
 

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We already had the poops examined in laboratory, verdict was: perfectly good poops.
 

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Again she got worse. Now daily changing: morning bad, evening good, night bad. So I ended up taking her to the hospital again. She is currently there. They are doing:
X-ray, Blood test and probably CT. (And also vitamin etc infusion)
 

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Back from the hospital. They found nothing. She was in a generally good condition when we arrived, they gave her vitamin, painkiller etc via infusion. They took blood, results tomorrow.
We would need to take an ultrasound of her belly to identify if there is anything there (cancer for example). So tomorrow we are calling the ultrasound specialists (the hospital where I took her doesn't do ultrasound)
 

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Since we got her back from the hospital she is breathing very rapidly (even 1 day after). Why is that?
 

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No, the temp in the room where they are is constantly the same 24 Celsius.
 

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So blood test arrived. Some inflammation is probably.
Also Kalcium is a bit above the expected rate. (3.74 whereas the reference is 3.6)
 

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So blood test arrived. Some inflammation is probably.
Also Kalcium is a bit above the expected rate. (3.74 whereas the reference is 3.6)
Wouldn't worry about the calcium, that's a normal level.
 

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do you know these levels? If yes, i can upload Bolyhos' blood test paper.
I'm not a vet but I can check in the Handbook of Rabbit Medicine if you want. But your vet will surely interpret the test for you? Very often there are a few values outside the normal range and it's nothing to worry about.
 

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The vet (exotic vet qualified) told us that the kalcium level is something to be concerned of, it can indicate kidney failure, but it's not 100% sure.
So the vet's examination was like:
4x4 is 16 and 5x5 is 25 so going that way it's nothing but also something that looks like nothing which is something.

It was like giving me the paper and I do the analysis.

The only additional thing they told us is that her stomach is like full of liquid and gas and it just doesn't seem to empty.
 
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The vet (exotic vet qualified) told us that the kalcium level is something to be concerned of, it can indicate kidney failure, but it's not 100% sure.
So the vet's examination was like:
4x4 is 16 and 5x5 is 25 so going that way it's nothing but also something that looks like nothing which is something.

It was like giving me the paper and I do the analysis.

The only additional thing they told us is that her stomach is like full of liquid and gas and it just doesn't seem to empty.
That doesn't sound good. Has she been eating and pooping today?
 

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Yes, she ate hay and we gave her Critical care (4x times a day 20ml).
Large poops and many of them.
 

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Following this...

Curious to hear what the result is of the ultrasound.

I'd still be suspicious of the pellets, digestive support and critical care as Jenny (@JBun ) explained.

If your rabbit accustomed to 24C, that shouldn't be a problem. Mine are seldom below that.

Oh... we posted at the same time! Glad to hear she's showing progress!
 

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Yes, she ate hay and we gave her Critical care (4x times a day 20ml).
Large poops and many of them.
That's very good. If she is eating a reasonable amount of hay I would stop the critical care.
 
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