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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#16  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:41 pm


Thank you! I work for an herbalist, and we've been talking about it, but weren't sure what I could use with my rabbits. Good to know! (Going to make glycerides instead of feeding them the herbs though, they're sweet so its easier to ensure they eat it when it's drizzled over BOSS)
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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#17  Unread postby LoraAnnIN » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:24 am


Fantastic info! I have to go get an ink cartridge so that I may print this off :)

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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#18  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:22 pm


I use mountain sage, [sometimes called blue sage] fresh picked, for any sick, or "off feed" rabbit, it works fast. I also use wormwood in the"off season" as a wormer, for all non pregnant rabbits.
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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#19  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:23 pm


That is interesting, Michaels4gardens. :)

I am a great believer in using certain herbs as general tonics for rabbits - except rabbits that are pregnant or nursing. The favourites here are garden sage, peppermint, lemon balm and yarrow. (See the Safe Plants sticky for Latin names).

About Latin names... can you provide them for the mountain/blue sage and the wormwood you use? There are just so many sages and wormwoods that it would be a big help to be able to identify them with confidence.

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Post Number:#20  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:45 pm


Artemisia absinthium [wormwood]
Artemisia tridentata Nutt. var. vaseyana [big mountain sage, /big mountain Blue sage]
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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#21  Unread postby Sagebrush » Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:17 pm


The Big Mountain Blue Sage is the state flower for Nevada.... I can walk outside my front door and pick some fresh. Have you noticed any issues with the rabbits in regards to the pollen if ingested?

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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#22  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:11 pm


No I have noticed no problems at all from feeding a big handfull to any rabbit "off feed" or with loose stool, -- the only time i feed it is if the rabbit is sick. there are substances that accumulate, and could harm domestic rabbits if fed all the time.
I feed a heaping tablespoon of wormwood "on the side" [not mixed in the feed]for a wormer in non pregnant does, and bucks 1x/year, some rabbits eat it all over night and some take 2 days to clean it up.
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Post Number:#23  Unread postby Sagebrush » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:02 am


That is great to know, thank you so very much. :)

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Post Number:#24  Unread postby Missy » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:57 am


According to this page, skullcap is an herb that can be used as a mild sedative to help ease stress/anxiety in rabbits. Along with chamomile and red clover.

I have a bunch of skullcap and stumbled upon the info while looking up whether or not it's safe to include in her feed. So not really any firsthand experience with it yet.

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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#25  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:23 pm


Barberry root bark, used as an antibiotic for treating infections, and as a decoction for treating infections, pinkeye and eye infections in animals and people.
people=1 tsp/cup for decoction,[decoction= simmer for 20 min -then add water to bring up to origional volume] loading dose = 1 tsp [1 cup] 2x first day, after that 1/2 tsp/day 5 to 7 days - use above formula for eye drops for pinkeye at least 3x/day, [should be a 3 day treatment time], but-- very effective.
Barberry kills most strep infections, [including strep throat, but is more effective against strep throat ,if equal parts slippery elm inner bark is added to decoction]
When I have a sick rabbit I like to put some [1 tbl spoon] barberry in the pen separate from the feed so they can eat as much as they want/need with out sorting it out of the feed. -it usually lasts them about a week before they clean it all up.
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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#26  Unread postby BlueMoods » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:37 am


Anyone else use Mullein ( Verbascum thapsus) for rabbits with respiratory problems, inflammation or topically for inflammation, irritation and, itch?

I use it routinely here on humans and rabbits. It works as an anti inflammatory, hypotensive, and is mucilaginous so, helps itching and irritation too.

I five 1tsp fresh per 5 lbs of rabbit twice a day for internal and, use a paste of dried, ground Mullien and mineral or olive oil topically for rabbits. It's good for anything that qualifies as snuffles, any external irritation or inflammation and, basically any time aspirin would help if the rabbit were human. I don't give more that 5 days straight without giving the rabbit 4 days off the herb.

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Post Number:#27  Unread postby cindy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:11 pm


This is great! I have been looking for something like this. So glad I found this forum.

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Post Number:#28  Unread postby dmirza » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:26 pm


cool info. Thanks.

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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#29  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:13 am


Artery. 1980;7(5):428-37.
Effect of garlic feeding on regression of experimental atherosclerosis in rabbits.
Bordia A, Verma SK.
Abstract
Thirty six rabbits were fed a cholesterol-containing diet for 3 months to produce atherosclerosis. Twelve rabbits were killed at the end of this period for baseline observations (Group I). The remaining animals were divided into two groups; Group II was fed stock diet and Group II was fed essential oil of garlic added to the stock diet. All the animals were killed at the end of 12 months. Blood lipids and fibrinolysis were monitored during the progression and regression phases. After cholesterol feeding was discontinued, serum total cholesterol and triglyceride concentration decreased gradually in both the groups. However, there was an increase in HDL levels in the garlic fed groups. Cholesterol feeding resulted in 80.9% atheromatous involvement of aortic surface in Group I. This remained almost the same (71.1%) after 9 months of stock feeding (Group II) while in the garlic fed group only 30.4% of the aortic surface had lesions. Correspondingly, the aortic lipid content of garlic fed animals was reduced by 72%, while in the control group there was no significant reduction. The data suggests that cholesterol is depleted from experimentally induces atherosclerosis by garlic administration
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Re: Effects of herbs for rabbits

Post Number:#30  Unread postby wamplercathy » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:43 am


I was just looking around the wide wide world of the web and found this
:P site:http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/2012/06/09/medicinal-herbs-for-rabbits/
I was thinking the CHAMOMILE would make the butchering of rabbits easier on the rabbit and the person.

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