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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dealing with Medical Emergencies

The question of what is a critical emergency is another problem for the rabbit owner. The following categories may serve as a guide:

Find your vet by statehttp://rabbit.org/vet-listings/
If your will have to go to another location with an out-of-hours rabbit emergency, have the name, address, phone number and directions posted prominently in your house as well as on your address book.

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I. Life-threatening-emergencies:
  1. 1) Coma, stupor: Any situation where your rabbit is recumbent and minimally or nonresponsive to voice and touch. The rabbit may be in cardiac arrest from chewing on an electrical cord or in shock from a dog attack
  2. 2) Seizures or sudden neurological changes: Falling to one side, head tilt, nystagmus (eyes moving constantly in one direction). Possible causes are systemic Pasteurella infection or hypoglycemia.
  3. 3) Severe continuous bleeding: This can result from any type of trauma; dog attack, fall, run-in with an automobile.
  4. 4) Hypo- or hyperthermia: In the first situation your rabbit will be ice cold to the touch usually recumbent and nonresponsive. In the second, your rabbit will be burning hot, panting, and sometimes seizuring.

    All of these situations require that you grab your rabbit, your car keys and go immediately to the emergency room. This is where your advance planning can save your rabbit's life; you may have only minutes. Please find a good rabbit vet near you.

II. Serious Emergencies: 

  1. 1) All animal attacks: Even if your rabbit has only a small would and appears fine, he should be examined by a vet. Serious puncture wounds may be hidden under a thick coat of fur. Also, the trauma of the attack can cause extreme changes in your rabbit's blood pressure and other homeostatic mechanisms; this is what is meant by "shock".
  2. 2) Maggots: Although far more common in rabbits housed outdoors, house rabbits are not immune. Maggots are fly larvae; flies lay eggs in open wounds, abraded skin, or areas where feces or urine have accumulated. Besides causing physical damage by burrowing into the rabbit's flesh, maggots release toxins which can cause a severe infection or shock.
  3. 3) Suspected poisoning: A wide variety of chemicals and plants can be toxic to rabbits. Many substances can cause delayed symptoms (such as daffodils), so do not be lulled into a false sense of security by apparently normal behavior. Be sure to take the suspected poison with you to the emergency room.
  4. 4) "Minor" electrocution/drowning: These are lumped together because both of these accidents can cause pulmonary edema, fluid in the lungs. Pulmonary edema is evidenced by difficulty breathing and sometimes blue gums. Rabbits who nibble on electrical cords can also suffer severe burns. In the same vein, a rabbit which seems shaken but otherwise unharmed after being rescued from a swimming pool should still be examined by a veterinarian. The effects of pulmonary edema are not always manifested immediately.

III. Possible Emergencies: 

  1. 1) Respiratory problems, nasal or ocular discharge: Here the degree of distress your rabbit is showing must be evaluated. A minor snuffle or sneeze or a clear discharge from the eyes in a rabbit that is sassy and active can probably wait until regular hours. However, if your rabbit is breathing audibly with increased abdominal motions, she may well have an acute pneumonia.
  2. 2) Diarrhea/constipation: Both of these can be extremely dangerous in a rabbit. A few soft stools just noticed today should not necessarily set off the alarm bell. But severe watery diarrhea may lead to dehydration even overnight. Conversely, scant hard fecal pellets indicate a possible obstruction or other gastrointestinal problem. If it has been two days since you have seen any pellets in the litter box and you know your veterinarian is closed for the weekend, the rabbit should certainly be seen at an emergency facility. 

First Aid Kits:
First aid equipment necessary is minimal. You should have a thermometer, a heating pad or hot water bottles for shock or hypothermia, alcohol, cotton pads, and gauze bandaging material.
Never place a heating pad directly on a chilled rabbit, as it is quite possible to burn him. First wrap the rabbit in a towel, then wrap the pad or bottle around the towel. If your rabbit's temperature is above 106o F, a quick alcohol bath followed by cold towel wraps can be helpful before dashing to the emergency clinic.
Bleeding wounds should have a pressure wrap placed using cotton pads and gauze wrap. Do not apply tourniquets; permanent damage can be caused.
More on this here:http://www.heartlandrabbitrescue.org/documents/Rabbit%20First%20Aid%20Kit.pdf

Find your vet by statehttp://rabbit.org/vet-listings/
If your will have to go to another location with an out-of-hours rabbit emergency, have the name, address, phone number and directions posted prominently in your house as well as on your address book.

Complete article: