Keeping rabbits is more than just daily care and routine maintenance. As a responsible bunny mama, you need to accept an unspoken fact: At some point in your rabbit’s lifetime, you are going to be your rabbit’s personal Vet. It’s important to realize stepping out of your comfort zone is inevitable, and often crucial to your rabbit’s health. Subcutaneous and oral fluids are often imperative administration methods, so routine handling, as well as familiarizing yourself with your rabbit’s anatomy is critical. Distinguishing the difference between an at home treatable ailment VS. an emergency trip to the vet is all part of the learning curve, however, regardless of the issue, time is of the essence as rabbits mask their symptoms for a duration of time before outwardly showing signs of sickness. This defense mechanism works well in the wild, but often fools rabbit owners who have not developed the intuition needed to catching issues in their earliest stages. Attentiveness is key. Learn your rabbit’s mannerisms, behaviors, likes/dislikes from the moment you welcome him/her into your home. It’s essential to be “in tune” with your bunny, as well as providing him/her with the utmost care, necessities, and vital nutrients they need to thrive.
While most remedies, treatments, mild-medications can be obtained over-the-counter at local farm stores, there are a few that require a prescription. The list below consists of a few treatments we acquired through our local Vet. Laws are strict in NY, so some of these items you may be able to find OTC rather than from your local Veterinarian.
Please note: This list is not finalized, these items happen to become a necessary part of our “Bunny Medicine Cabinet” throughout the years. Without these items, we would not have had the success we’ve experienced while treating our own rabbits.
-Albon (Coccidiostat – Prohibits replica of Protozoal infections)
-Metronidazole (An effective Antibiotic)
-Metacam (Pain management)
-Lactated Ringer (Means of distributing Subcutaneous Fluids)
-Needles/Syringes (Needed for Subq or Oral suspension)
-Bio-Waste Bin (Disposal of Bio-Medical waste)
In time, I’ll devote separate posts to several of these treatments, as well as a complete “Bunny Medicine Cabinet” list, and what each recommended item treats, specific dosages, preventatives, etc. For now, get friendly with your Veterinarian, and be proactive in sustaining your rabbit’s health! You can never be too prepared…Trust me!
As always, if you have any questions/concerns about your bunny – Health, diet, behavior, whatever you have a quandary about, please do not hesitate to contact me! As many already know, I love to “talk rabbit”.