Tofu had a check up last week with bloods, poop and x-rays done. At over 8 years old, he is considered a geriatric so it’s be advised that he gets regular check ups. Most things can be caught early on. He had a little bit of bladder sludge which was treated by expressing the bladder rather than the bladder flush he had previously.
We have a course of Metacam and we’re due back this weekend to see if the sludge has stayed clear.
Tofu should definitely increase his water consumption to help with is bladder issues. Tofu doesn’t drink water very much. His water bottle holds about 300 mls and never needs refilling. Ever. I tip it out and refill it when I feel like it’s needs refreshing, but it never goes to empty…not even close. My estimates is he drinks about 3 mls of water a day. Average. Most days he drinks nothing, some days he drinks a little. Online sources say that rabbits drink between 50-200 mls a day. The difference is huge.
Since our vet visit, I’ve been force feeding him 30-40 mls of water a day. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s a start. While he might drink water when encouraged, the bulk of it has to be forced and you can bet he doesn’t much care for that.
The vet mentioned that Tofu could stand to lose about 200 grams. So like millions of other foodies, Tofu is starting 2016 on a diet. For now, we are currently cutting out pellets completely. He was on a small amount per day of Oxbow Adult pellets which are good quality pellets, not the colourful junk that you find at the supermarket and pet stores. But if grass, hay and veges are better for him, then that’s the way we’re going. I don’t want him to starve but shifting a little weight could be good for him. He’s used to grazing all day and a good appetite is a good sign for a bunny.
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