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Syringe feeding

Contributor(s): Narelle Walter, Anna Meredith, Vicki Baldrey

Introduction

  • Syringe feeding is a crucial part of treatment for the inappetent rabbit and is required when a rabbit has been inappetent for <24 h Gastric dilation and stasis Anorexia.
  • Syringe feeding will help to prevent hepatic lipidosis in inappetent rabbits and promote gut motility Liver: disease.
  • Mild cases can be treated as outpatients - those that are normally hydrated and normothermic but inappetent for <24 h.

Rabbits that have been inappetent for longer than 24 h or those who are recumbent or too weak to swallow may require more aggressive assisted feeding, such as a nasogastric tube Nasogastric intubation.

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Causes

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Administration

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Restraint

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Syringe feeding preparations

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Feeding amounts

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Hedley J (2011) Critical care of the rabbit. In Pract 33 (8), 386-391 VetMedResource.
  • Paul-Murphy J (2007) Critical care of the rabbit. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract 10 (2), 437-461 PubMed.
  • Lichtenberger M (2005) Fluid resuscitation and nutritional support in rabbits with gastric stasis or gastrointestinal obstruction. Exotic DVM 7 (2), 34-38 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Varga M (2014) Rabbit Basic Science. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp 3-108.
  • Pollock C (2010) Syringe Feeding Herbivorous Small Mammals. Lafeber Vet, Cornell, IL, USA. Website: http://lafeber.com. Last accessed 12th July 2016.
  • Lichtenberger M (2008) Shock and Fluid Therapy in the Rabbit. In: Proc 51st BSAVA Annual Congress. pp 169-171.
  • Hess L (2006) Clinical techniques in Rabbits. In: NAVC.
  • Johnston M (2006) Clinical Monitoring of the Critically Ill Rabbit. In: IVEC.


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