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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-26-2004, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Rabbit First Aid Kit

Here are some good things to keep on hand in case of an emergency or even a small problem. These items are not intended to replace vet care, but they can solve small problems and lessen an emergency to keep a rabbit stable until you can get to a vet.

Below is a list of the things you should have, and why they are important.

Bag Balm: For applying to sores, abrasions, and sore hocks

Bandages and sterile gauze: To bandaging wounds

Chamomile Tea or Rescue Remedy: Used to calm a stressed rabbit.

Disinfectant (Such as peroxide): For cleaning wounds

Disposable razor: To shave the fur around a wound

Electrolytes (Pedialyte is good): If your rabbit is not drinking or it has diarrhea, it will become dehydrated and loose electrolytes.

Eye Dropper: For administering medicine. Make sure the cc amounts are marked on the eye dropper.

Flea Comb: For removing fleas and their eggs

Ice pack : For cooling a rabbit in case of stress or heatstroke - To be used only to keep a rabbit stable until you reach a vet. Heatstroke should be treated by a vet.

KY jelly (Or Vasoline): For lubrication with a thermometer

Mitacide: For treating ear mites

Neosporin: For applying to wounds

Oral Syringes: (No needles). This is used to force feed or liquid into the rabbit if it is not eating or drinking.

Petromalt: Used to prevent hairballs.

Q-Tips: For cleaning wounds and for removing scabs from ear mites

Quik Stop: For stopping the bleeding if a nail is cut too short.

Saline solution: To flush the eye if it is infected or has something in it

Scissors (Small, sharp): To clip fur away from wounds, etc.

Sterile Cotton Balls: Cleaning wounds.

Syringes with needles: To give antibiotic and other injections. (If you are not familiar with injecting rabbits, leave this up to the vet.)

Thermometer (Animal or pediatric anal): For taking the temperature. The temperature should be from 101 *F to 103 *F. It is a good idea to find your rabbit's normal temperature before there is a problem. Then you know whether or not the temperature is high. For example, a rabbit with a normal temperature of 101 *F could have a fever at 103 *F, even though that is in the normal range for rabbits.

Towels of varying sizes: To wrap a stressed or struggling rabbit in

Tweezers: To remove ticks, burrs, foxtails, etc.

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Great info


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Thanks for posting that.


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Thanks for that! :o)

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