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End point of gut stasis

This picture shows the abdominal organs of a fat rabbit that had died with gut stasis. He died shortly after admission. The rabbit had not eaten for several days because of a spur on one of his teeth that was discovered during post-mortem examination. The picture shows a pale fatty liver, a small stomach, an empty caecum distended with gas and empty gas filled intestines. There is also a lot of abdominal fat. Rabbits that are overweight are more likely to die sooner with gut stasis because there is fat in the liver already. However death is not sudden. It takes at least 3 days for the rabbit to die. Death can be prevented by providing food and fluid (syringe feeding) and medication to stimulate gut motility. Treatment of the cause of gut stasis (in this case dentistry) is also necessary.