Ah, Oxbow’s Critical Care. One essential item EVERY bunny mama should add to her Bunny Medicine Cabinet. It not only aids in increasing appetite, but also provides necessary nutrients should your rabbit go off feed (for what could be a plethora of reasons). As I’m sure many of you know, rabbits’ digestive tracts are particularly sensitive. Changing feeds can cause multiple problems, that’s why it’s extremely important to transition feed slowly. Switching feed or brands is not recommended unless it is an urgent matter – “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” A simple change in your hay source, an extra handful of rolled oats, or a vegetable they’ve never had before, for example, could cause a slight disruption in their GI Tract. Rabbits are routine creatures – They do best with little change in their diets (which should be high in fiber, low in “extras”, and with an appropriate percentage of protein). Our English Lops, for example, have always been on an 18% protein to maintain optimum coat condition. The ideal protein percentage for the majority of rabbits is 16%.
Oxbow’s Critical Care serves as a recovery aid for rabbits (as well as many other small animals). It consists mainly of Timothy grass meal, ensuring a concentrated formula of Protein (16%), Fat, and Fiber – Three necessities to get your rabbit back on track. Dosing is easy: 1 part Critical Care, 2 parts warm water. If your rabbit refuses to consume it from a dish, it is possible to syringe feed it also. Just feel the abdomen for signs of bloating – If your rabbit seems bloated and lethargic, you may need to go a different route medically, or contact your rabbit-savvy Veterinarian. Filling an already bloated belly is dangerous, and can cause actual ruptures in the stomach itself.
We’ve had success feeding Oxbow’s Critical care. This supplement’s strong aroma attracts even the most stubborn eater – Kits go mad for it! Obviously, Critical Care should not be fed as part of your rabbit’s daily diet. It should be fed sparingly, and by Oxbow’s dosing guidelines (See Above). Being in tune to your rabbit’s digestive system, mannerisms, and likes/dislikes are vital to ensure optimum health. Remember, a healthy bun is a happy bun, and it’s our job to be dedicated to our rabbits’ care and well-being.
Critical Care can be purchased in some pet & feed stores, as well as on Amazon.com.