My bun doesn't act the same with licking the mouth a lot

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Selena RD

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Hi my rabbit is a mix bun of a rex and new Zealand and he is already fixed and he just turned 2 this month and at first i thought it was gas cause i would give him tummy rubs and i could feel and hear bubble's being popped inside and he ate his veggies fine but not his hay and he keeps like licking his lips and has his ears down and that went on for 3 days and it stopped no bubble sound in the stomach but he still acts the same and not his happy self and his poops are small then they go back to normal size then small again i have a vet appointment the 31st. Does anyone know or experience this please tell me what u think it is and i think maybe teeth problem from what i researched
 

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He may have some GI problems and gas. Try giving him baby gas drops. Encourage him to eat hay. What type of vegetables are you feeding him?
 

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It is possible it is an issue with his teeth. Licking his lips may be because he's drooling -- a possible indication of a dental issue.

Another possible indicator of dental issues is if a rabbit stops eating one particular kind of food -- like his hay, or his pellets. That could mean that eating the hay (which uses different teeth than eating pellets, for ex.) might be causing him pain so he refuses it. Does he act like he wants the hay but then stops short of actually eating it?

If he's unable to eat his hay, that can also be causing tummy issues since hay is so important for their gut health.

Let us know what the vet says.
 

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He may have some GI problems and gas. Try giving him baby gas drops. Encourage him to eat hay. What type of vegetables are you feeding him?
He been always a picky bun so i just give him

Bok choy Romaine lettuce Bell peppers Parsley spinach cliantro

And at first when i would give tummy rubs he would have those pops in his stomach when i would rub his tummy but he doesn't have any more and he poops and pees the same but hay is less and licking his lips a lot
 

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It is possible it is an issue with his teeth. Licking his lips may be because he's drooling -- a possible indication of a dental issue.

Another possible indicator of dental issues is if a rabbit stops eating one particular kind of food -- like his hay, or his pellets. That could mean that eating the hay (which uses different teeth than eating pellets, for ex.) might be causing him pain so he refuses it. Does he act like he wants the hay but then stops short of actually eating it?

If he's unable to eat his hay, that can also be causing tummy issues since hay is so important for their gut health.

Let us know what the vet says.
I checked his mouth and it's not wet and sometimes he wants it sometimes he doesn't and he lays down with the bottom of his face to the ground that he never did before or has his front feet in front of him and his head to the ground
 

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Please do not give him any bok choy and spinach, it causes a lot of bloating and gas in rabbits.
Bok choy may cause gas in some rabbits. In this case, it would be wise to back off the bok choy to see if that could be causing the issue here.

Spinach does not cause gas. However spinach (along with parsley) should be limited because of high oxalic acid content. It can be fed every other day or so.

The bell peppers should also be limited (1 tbsp per 2 lbs body weight).
 

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Selena rabbits really need fibre in their diet- from Hay and if you don't have Hay fresh grass. Hay/grass is supposed to be the bulk of their diet- the fibre is what keeps their digestive system— gut flora— healthy. If your feed a rabbit only pellets and greens its too rich- and they will get gas and have issues. Can you get some hay for your rabbit? If not I think you should go out and find some long grass to feed him.

This is a feeding pyramid for a rabbit.
 

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Selena rabbits really need fibre in their diet- from Hay and if you don't have Hay fresh grass. Hay/grass is supposed to be the bulk of their diet- the fibre is what keeps their digestive system— gut flora— healthy. If your feed a rabbit only pellets and greens its too rich- and they will get gas and have issues. Can you get some hay for your rabbit? If not I think you should go out and find some long grass to feed him.

This is a feeding pyramid for a rabbit.
Oh yeah i give him hay i just mention the veggies cause i thought one of those veggies were bad with gas
 
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