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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Emergency Kits For Rabbits

If your rabbit hasn't eaten or pooped in 12-24 hours, 
call a vet immediately!


Emergencies can happen at any time and you want to make sure that you are 
prepared to avoid potentially life-threatening situations for your rabbit.
Many of the items that you should include in your Rabbit First Aid Kit can
be found around the house. You’ll also want to have a container for all of the
items and to place it in an easy to find spot in case of an emergency.

 You should include the following items in your 
Rabbit First Aid Kit:




Baby Food
- Use when your rabbit refuses to eat; it's easy to get baby food or canned
pumpkin into a feeding syringe. 




 •Chlorhexidine Solution
– Use to flush wounds. 




Critical Care by Oxbow
- You can also use this when your rabbit refuses to eat.
Available through your vet's office or at Petsmart.



Eyedropper
- to administer the saline and Critical Care




Styptic Powder (or flour)
 - If you trim your rabbit's nails a little too short and theybegin to bleed,
dip the paw into the flour.



Gas Medication(Simethicone) 
- Use in case of a gas emergency. Various brands for babies are acceptable, including 
Gerber’s Gas Relief Drops.



Gauze and Cotton Balls
- Use to clean and care for wounds.



Hairball Remedy (always consult with rabbit savy vet during this time!)
- Offer this to your rabbit weekly to prevent the build-up of hair in the digestive tract. 
Rabbits cannot cough up hairballs as cats do. During a molt (shedding), offer it daily. 
Hartz Hairball Remedy can be found in most grocery stores. Make sure to get the malt 
flavored kind and follow the directions. Do NOT give if your rabbit has stopped eating 
and is not producing fecal pellets—consult with your vet. 


Hydrogen Peroxide
—Use initially on wounds. Thereafter use the chlorhexidine solution (see above)
as hydrogen peroxide inhibits the tissue’s healing.

 













Mineral Oil (See vet for Ivermectin injection to kill mites quickly and completely)
– For the treatment of ear mites and skin irritations.
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Nail Clippers












Neosporin (non-pain relief) 
- You can use this if your bunny has a minor cut or wound.



Probios
- Administer to rabbits who are not eating. Helps to restore balance in an
upset stomach.  BeneBac is another widely available brand.



Rubbing Alcohol
-for sterilizing scissors, tweezers and other tools.

Saline
- for gentle wash around the eye area in case of irritation.

Scissors
- Use to trim the fur surrounding a bunny wound. Be careful!
Rabbit skin is extremelyelastic and is difficult to see through the fur.
Be certain that the skin remains clear of the scissors.




Tweezers
 
*Digital infant thermometer 
-to take temperature (apply lubricant and insert gently into rectum;
normal rabbit temperature is 101-103 degrees Fahrenheit);
ask your vet to show you how.
*Heart Rate (pulse): 130-325 beats per minute
*Respiratory Rate: 32-60 breaths per minute


**How-To info and video on taking temps!!
http://www.houserabbitga.com/?page_id=2105


*Petroleum jelly or KY jelly
-a lubricant to use with the thermometer




 References:
http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/2012/03/27/first-aid-kit-for-the-rabbitry/
 http://www.heartlandrabbitrescue.org/documents/Rabbit%20First%20Aid%20Kit.pdf
 http://mnhouserabbit.org/rabbit/care/health/firstaidkit.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Safety-Kit-for-Your-Rabbit