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Post Number:#1  Unread postby DarayTala » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:32 pm


So we want to stock up on anything we would possibly or likely need for our rabbits while we have extra means to do so. So far on my list is stocking up on more hay to supply us through winter, nail clippers (since the ones I used to have disappeared in the move), and pills for de-worming in case I need them. What other things would you recommend to have on hand, for first aid or just generally for raising rabbits?

As of now, we have a good stock of pellets, some hay, BOSS, formula for baby rabbits, an extra cage, and some extra feeders and waterers.

I figure the more prepared I am for anything, the better.

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Re: rabbit first aid kit and supplies?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MamaSheepdog » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:09 pm


I don't believe in medicating my herd beyond the bare minimum, so my list is pretty straightforward.

Nu-Stock, Blu-Kote, and Vetericyn for wounds.
Betadine (Surgical Scrub and non-sudsing varieties) for disinfecting wounds.
Scalpel blades and syringes.
Injectable penicillin. More for us if something catastrophic happens- I have never used it on an animal.
Gauze and Vetwrap.
Tums for kindling does.
Chewable Vitamin C and chewable Echinacea tabs for immune support.
Colloidial Silver.
Diatomaceaous Earth for Insect control. It is great for fleas and mites, and I add it to their feed for intestinal parasites.
Liquid Ivomec Sheep Drench as a last resort against intestinal parasites.
Probiotic Paste for weaning enteritis.
White vinegar for disinfecting cages and nests.
Goat formula for hand feeding kits.

There may be more- our pharmacopeia covers a broad spectrum of animals. :)
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Post Number:#3  Unread postby Bad Habit » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:37 pm


I think there should be a sticky about this.
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby OneAcreFarm » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:29 pm


Here is my list of Rabbit First Aid Supplies:

Most of this is available at Feed Stores or Tractor Supply Company online, and Walmart or the drugstore for the general first aid stuff.

*ProBios Paste - Equine formula (enteritis issues)
*GasX strips or simethicone drops (gas issues with enteritis)
*Tums-fruit flavored (calcium boost for kindling does)
*Injectable Penicillin: I have PenG w/Procaine (mastitis)
*Powdered and injectable tetracycline (vent disease)
*Triple antibiotic ointment, no pain meds in it (general wounds)
*Terramycin eye ointment or Veterycin spray (nestbox eye)
*Disposable Scalpels-- rounded and pointed blades (lancing abcesses)
*Vet wrap,sterile gauze pads, telfa pads or large non stick bandages, Q-Tips, Cotton balls (general bandaging if necessary)
*Syringes- feeding type, tuberculin (1cc) and larger, 6-12 CC sizes
*Hypodermic needles..18g to draw with, 22g to inject with
*Blue kote, Bag Balm (for wounnds, ie. sore hocks, etc.)
*Spray Iodine, different dilutions (general cleaning, wound care)
*Vinegar and rubbing alcohol (general cleaning)
*Liquid bandage or Super Glue (small cuts)
*Styptic Powder (stop bleeding from nails trimmed too short)
*Scissors (we have bandage scissors, and small, straight scissors)
*Tweezers- sharp and blunt
*Mineral oil and Ivomec injectable (ear mites)
*Scale (charting weight)
*Calculator (for calculating dosages for ABX)
*Dosage charts (for your commonly used meds)
*Clove oil (natural topical pain reliever)
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby DarayTala » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:28 pm


What about herbs used for first aid? In the spring I'd like to set aside a patch in the garden just for herbs grown for the rabbits. What herbs would you suggest and what do they treat?

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Bad Habit » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:46 am


I still think this should be stickied :p

I am working on my website, and would like to create a pet owner's first aid kit suggestion list.
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby Marinea » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:15 am


I second the sticky idea.

The only thing I can think of to add is that stuff that stops bleeding from nail trimming. I can't think of the name though.
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Bad Habit » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:23 am


Styptic powder. I got a little vial of it with my nail clippers, but hardly ever need to use it.
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Post Number:#9  Unread postby PistolPackingMomma » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:57 am


I stumbled across this, for more "natural" medicines. Also read a tip that says to give rabbits mint on hot days, as it cools them down. (Still learning, so I'm very interested, but taking with a grain of salt until I find additional sources to verify.)

http://pluckandfeather.com/herbal-rabbit-care.html

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Post Number:#10  Unread postby Bad Habit » Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:12 am


Three Little Ladies rabbitry has an awesome herbs page as well, but I am thinking strictly first aid, what you absolutely should always have on hand.
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby Honorine » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:37 am


I don't repeat what others have already posted, but will add to it-

Electrolytes/Vitamin powder- used both in winter and summer, good for kits who seem to need a boost, older rabbits and nursing does.

Calf Manna- boosts milk production on nursing does

Baycox- Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy

Biosponge- works for ERE- Mucoid, or any gut distress

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby squidpop » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:31 pm


Manuka honey— for dressing wounds- its one of the only safe things that kills bacteria without causing tissue damage. Doctors are beginning to use it on bed sores and wounds that won't heal in humans. I read a post where a long time breeder in New Zealand has abscesses and eye infections in rabbits with much success.

I used betadine on a wound and I could just see it kill the tissue- then i read a bunch of medical posts mostly doctors and nurses posting saying not to use it on wounds- it kills the cells that form to heal wounds so if you put betadine on a wound you create a wound that will not heal. Then I found other medical studies for dressing wounds with manuka honey- seriously its one of the only substances that kills bacteria without killing the cells that heal the wounds.

The proper protocol nurses and doctors use for open wounds is washing out with saline and covering with bandage- they strongly recommend against using iodine, betadine, hydrogen peroxide etc...

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Post Number:#13  Unread postby Millinex » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:09 pm


Add Chlorahexadine to that list.. I swear by the stuff for almost everything.. I use it to clean everything, antibiotic, wound cleaner.. it does it all and has saved a lot of animals I've worked with..

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby bobqdevon » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:38 am


Save your money on the styptic powder and get a cheap box of corn starch from the grocery store. Works just fine and is very cheap and accessible.
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I learned that simethicone (infant gas releif, you can buy it anywhere) was a great thing to have on hand since gas and GI-stasis can have similar starting symptoms!

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