Monday, July 30, 2012

Grooming and Medical Supplies to Have on Hand

I can’t say enough about how important it is in your rabbitry to be prepared. Here are some helpful items to keep on hand. I keep mine in labeled boxes. I am not a veterinarian- these are just things that I have found helpful from experience.

Grooming box

  • Slicer brushes –several types out there this is a must
  • Lint brushto clean the fur off of your clothing afterword.  
  • Scissors
  • Nail clippers- I use the motorized ‘pedi-paws’ tool that can be purchased at Walmart and most pet stores, and it makes things so much easier- booth on the rabbit and on the person grooming it!
  • Cornstarch- for cleaning the rabbit’s feet.  

Medicine box

  • Piperazine Wormer- I deworm my rabbits every 3 months; I also switch out using Ivomec - 1% Solution for cattle. This works for wool mites etc.
  • Blood stop powder - used to stop bleeding
  • Mineral Oil - For treatment of ear mites and hair balls
  • Alcohol pads
  • Plastic gloves
  • Needles and syringes
  • Meat Tenderizer   Put 1/4 teaspoon in drinking water when they are malting
  • VANODINE- for cleaning and sterilizing, can be used as an aerial disinfectant, to sterilization drinking water, and so much more. I really like this stuff, as it is safe for both the rabbits and the people handling them.
  • Preparation H or other hemorrhoid treatment cream- all very effective for treating sore hocks on a poor rabbit!
  • Simethicone Drops – This is an Anti-gas treatment intended for human infants but can be given to your bunny for immediate relief when he is suffering from gas buildup or diarrhea caused by a change in diet and is also good to keep around for babies as they can get bloat very easily.
  • Vitamin E- helps with toxins. Give this to your bunny if it was eating something poisonous or toxic.
  •  Vinegar- use this in drinking water if your rabbit accidently eats moldy hay, and as a preventative for bacteria. A solution of vinegar and water is also a great way to clean cages
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - for cleaning wounds and removing urine from a rabbit’s feet
  • Acidophilus Tablets- for their digestion.  I use 1/2 tablet per rabbit.
  • Tums – use for milking does and right before kindling
  • Vet-Rx-for upper respiratory problems in rabbits

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