My wife got a call from our local rabbit rescue president that a bunny living near us had gone into gastrointestinal stasis and her help was needed, so she packed up her supplies and rushed over to assist. She gave the handsome boy Ovol, cisapride, and even subcutaneous fluids. After that, there was little to do but wait.
The next day, we heard he had been taken to a veterinarian for x-rays. They kept him overnight, and the next morning, his bowels still had not moved. Later in the afternoon, we got another phone call and we feared the worst. As it turned out, the news was both good and strange. The good news was that the bunny boy finally had passed a very large fecal mass. The strange news was that it happened immediately after acupuncture needles had been removed from him. Yes, the veterinarian had done an acupuncture treatment on the rabbit!
We do not know any details at this time. We would like to know if it is even possible that this Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment can be used to stimulate the nerves that activate a rabbit’s lower digestive tract, but that certainly is the theory.
We are going to do some research on acupuncture for rabbits to learn more on this fascinating topic. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if it is true that the expert use of tiny needles can be used to “un-stick” the digestive system of a bunny who has gone into G.I. stasis?
If you have any knowledge or experience regarding rabbit acupuncture, please contact us by email with the details, so we may share the information.