This is where the bowel slows down or stops moving.
(1) Insufficient fibre in the diet.
Rabbits are grazing animals who need to eat constantly to keep the gut moving.
Change of owner, loss of a companion, change of diet, fear when a new pet enters the home e.g. a barking dog, can all cause stasis of the bowel.
Rabbits are highly sensitive about their companions, people and places, as they are herd animals which get very attached to those around them and their territory.
It is very stressful for a bunny to change environments, as they are territorial.
The signs of bowel stasis are when the rabbit stops eating, and when the droppings are tiny hard balls, or none at all.
This is serious, and may lead to death.
Keep your rabbit warm and comfortable. Leave bunny with its companions.
Give copious fresh hay, and whatever treats it enjoys, such as parsley, bock-choy etc. to encourage eating.
Syringe feed with finely sieved baby vegetables .These can be purchased from the baby food section in a jar at your grocery store.
NO high carbohydrate foods, (e.g. Commercial rabbit treats, bread,) which will exacerbate the problem. NO pellets either
Gently massage the abdomen.
Syringe feed with warm water to rehydrate.
Too much interference, e.g. surgery and a lot of veterinary interference will increase the stress.
Bowl surgery on rabbits has a very low survival rate and a high rate of recurrence of the same problem due to scar tissue formation