What is cow pie syndrome?
Rabbit megacolon syndrome refers to a rare disease process observed in rabbits which exhibit chronic, unresponsive, intermittent diarrhoea accompanied by weight loss. The term ‘megacolon’ refers to the clinical observation that these rabbits often have a very dilated (expanded) colon on investigation.
How do you treat megacolon in rabbits?
Rabbits with megacolon need pellets in their diet for the extra nutrition and calories, and they may need larger servings than other rabbits. They may do better on an extruded-type pellet – these are easier to digest as they are pre-cooked. Supreme Selective pellets and Versele-Laga Complete are two examples.
How is cecal dysbiosis treated?
Leafy greens (e.g. romaine, endive, dandelion greens, etc.) can be offered at 2 cups per five pounds of rabbit per day. Hay and greens alone can provide all of the essential components of a healthy rabbit diet. Pellets can eventually be reintroduced (1/8 cup per 5lbs of rabbit) once the soft cecotropes have subsided.
Why has my rabbits poop got bigger?
Large egg shaped poops can result from megacolon, This is a rare occurrence in rabbits that typically arises from genetics (En En) or occasionally after trauma. This condition is uncommon, but if you suspect your rabbit has it you should consult a specialist about appropriate long term care.
Is megacolon reversible?
In most cases, megacolon is reversible. This depends on whether it is possible to treat the underlying cause. In acute and toxic megacolon, the underlying cause can usually be treated or otherwise resolves itself naturally, so dilation of the colon is reversed.