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A rabbit is an active animal and they can fall sick, get hurt and need our immediate attention. We will always recommend that you seek professional help from a rabbit-savvy vet but in the event you are unable to do so, such as if it happened late at night, it’s important to keep some first aid items handy to ease the situation. Many of the first aid items we keep in the wonderland are easy to obtain and today, we will like to share what we have in our first aid kit so you can be well-prepared to handle an emergency situation.
- Rid Wind – Infant simethicone that is used to relieve minor gas symptoms.
- Oxbow Critical Care – Concentrated fiber which can be fed to a rabbit that is not eating his normal diet.
- Fiberplex – Probiotic as well as prebiotic concentrate to restore the balance of the digestive tract.
- Appelin – Appetite stimulant to encourage an unwell rabbit to eat.
- Corn Starch – Stop bleeding of nails and can also be used to dry-clean a messy bottom.
- Silvadene Cream – Antibacterial topical cream that can be used to treat wounds and urine burns.
- Vasaline – Topical ointment that can be used to calm down inflammed or dry skin.
- Saline Solution – Sterile cleansing agent that can be used to flush out foreign matter from wounds or eyes (Tears Naturale recommended)
- Sterile Syringes – Typically 1ml and 5ml will come in handy in administering medication
- Dressing Supplies – Sterile cotton wood, gauze and bandage that can be used to dress and protect wounds.
Most of the items can be purchased from pharmacies such as Watson and Guardian. Item #2, 3 and 6 can be purchased from your rabbit-savvy vet or trusted pet retailers (Beary, Alien Pets, Ecottage, etc.). Proper use of these items are just as important to ensure we do not complicate the recovery of our rabbits. For example, a common mistake we observed in treating a rabbit that is not eating is to immediately force feed with Oxbow Critical Care. This may work in some cases but if the rabbit’s stomach is bloated due to a blockage or gas buildup, trying to feed it food will induce more pain and can even cause suffocation. Instead, we recommend that you administer Rid Wind follow by a gentle abdominal massage to stimulate the gut first. Only when the gas is relieved, then you should attempt to feed it food. In any times of doubt, we will strongly recommend that you contact the emergency services of our rabbit-savvy vets to obtain their advice before treating.
For a list of our recommended rabbit-savvy vets and their emergency contact number, please click here:
For more details on first aid for rabbits, please check out WabbitWiki for their comprehensive guide:
First Aid Kit: http://wabbitwiki.com/
Rabbit’s Health: http://wabbitwiki.com/