Rabbit Health Problems
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RABBIT WITH BLOOD IN URINE
"Last summer I was given advice to use
Hydrangea on our
7-year old rabbit that had blood in the urine. It was
suggested that she may be trying to pass a kidney stone.
I began giving it to her and it cleared up. Since she is
an older rabbit, I've decided to continue it as a
preventative so she gets some each day on her apple.
It's nice to have a natural solution and something so
simple to help her." Ruth
Provided by Cheryl
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane that
covers the eyeball called the conjunctiva. Key symptoms
of conjunctivitis is increased sensitivity to light
which will cause squinting of the rabbits eyes or
frequently keeping them closed. It is also painful with
soreness or swelling with discharge that may be watery
or contain pus.
Use a weak infusion for conjunctivitis
nobile & Matricaria recutita)
Dissolve 5-10 drops of tincture in warm water, use for
conjunctivitis or strained eyes
Make an infusion and wash the eyes and add a few drops
into the eyes after the wash. It is for sore and
inflamed eyes so can't say if it will work as i have
never tried it. You could also try to add some of the
infusion into the rabbits water.
Use a cooled and strained infusion for conjunctivits and
other eye problems
Walnut leaves (Juglans
Use a strained infusion or 5 drops of tincture in 20ml
of warm water for conjunctivitis
Use a weak decoction for conjunctivitis, sore or tired
Red Clover (Trifolium
Use 5-10 drops of tincture in 20ml water or a
well-strained infusion for conjunctivitis
"I have tried Echinacea and it has worked for me but
only for a short time. The buck had weepy eye for quite
some time though, so it was probably too late."
"When they are constipated, cooked apple works well.
Usually with the first application, rarely does it take
2 applications to see a change. I have found that the
herbal remedies work effectively, and are usually on
hand in my kitchen cabinet." J.C. from Texas
Provided by Cheryl
Apple pulp is rich in pectin. That's why apples and
applesauce are a folk remedy for diarrhea. Apple pectin
also helps treat constipation because it acts as a
gentle stool softener. It's an amphoteric, which means
that it works in either direction, plugging up the
bowels when loose or loosening them up if constipated.
Bilberry & Blueberry
(Vaccinium, various species)
Dried berries (fruits) help relieve diarrhea because
they are rich in tannins and pectin.
Blackberry & Raspberry
Leaves fresh or dried are also high in tannin so are
also very good for diarrhea.
Use cooked carrots to treat diarrhea. When they're
cooked, carrots seem to soothe the digestive tract and
control the diarrhea while also providing nutrients that
DIARRHEA - "I use
your pet pages to help treat my rabbits with herbs. When
they have bouts of diarrhea, I always use the cooked
carrots and apple. Usually with the first application,
rarely does it take 2 applications to see a change. I
have found that the herbal remedies work effectively,
and are usually on hand in my kitchen cabinet." J.C.
"Have you tried Ginger? I suggested it to a friend who
was desperate, losing weaning age bunnies by the
handful, and she swears by it now. She sprinkles a
couple of tablespoons of powdered ginger on their feed
daily and says she hasn't lost any since she started
using it. It works well for nausea and/or diarrhea."
"I use a mix of apple cider vinegar in olive oil. First,
clean the ear with a Q-tip, removing the brown waxy
build-up. Then, with a dropper, drop 6 or 7 drops in
each ears, holding the ear flap closed for a few minutes
after each treatment to keep bunny from shaking the oil
all over you. A few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
in the water bottle is also supposed to act as a
repellant and general tonic. Handy stuff...a basic for
any bunny medicine cabinet! Dawn
"I have a book called "Everything I Ever Knew About
Fleas And Was Afraid You'd Never Ask," by Rocky.
Following are some exerpts from that book:
- *- Certain herbs
such as sage, tobacco, eucalyptus, sassafrass, bay leaf
and vetiver when dried and powdered and used on pets and
surroundings help to repel fleas.
- *- Natural
diatomaceous earth sprinkled on pet bedding or on the
animal will kill fleas by the silicon material of the
earth dehydrating them by chafing their shells which
causes them to lose body fluids. You must be very
careful, though, in applying it because the dust can
irritate the lungs of both you and the pet.
- *- Quite good
results have been had with feeding brewers yeast and
garlic to the pet as apparently the smell comes out in
the skin of the animal and repels the fleas. This method
is not terribly efficacious by itself but is a help when
used with other methods. And as both are healthy food
additives they cannot help but be good for the animal
even if they don't work too effectively against fleas.
- Provided by Alice
"I have heard that apple cider vinegar, when added to
the water, will cause rabbits to be unattractive to
fleas. It doesn't actually kill them (unless you drown
them in it!), but is supposed to make the rabbit "smell"
wrong to the fleas. I don't know if it's true or not,
but we add a couple of tablespoons to 32 oz of water
about once a month, and haven't had fleas on the bunnies
(we also have 4 cats & 3 dogs who are often in the bunny
barn, and who play with bunnies who visit the house).
However, we also treat with Ivermec regularly, so who
"Mixing plain water with the essential oil
"citronella" works pretty well. You need to keep shaking
the spray bottle while you're spraying to keep it mixed.
I don't know the exact proportions but I'd say 10 drops
of oil to 1 cup of water would be pretty good." Debi
Tea Tree Oil works
well. We keep it mixed up in a spray bottle -- about 20
drops to 1-1/2 cups. Just spritz it on whatever needs it
-- cuts, sores, etc. We also spray the cages after
powerwashing/cleaning as a disinfectant -- it's
antibacterial as well. -- Debi
Provided by Cheryl
According to reports of reasearch with animals in Saudi
Arabia, Ginger significantly increased sperm count and
motility of the sperm. You can buy Ginger in health food
stores whole. Give in small pieces the size of a quarter
Spinach ( Spinacia
Several studies suggest that zinc deficiencies may be
tied to male infertility and poor sperm quality. Good
sources of zinc include Spinach, Parsley, Collards,
Brussels Sprouts, Cucumbers, String Beans, Endive,
Cowpeas, Prunes and Asparagus. Feed in small quanities
until they get use to it as they may cause scours; it
may be a good idea to feed hay along with the greens as
a prevenative to scours.
Often recommended is supplementation with the amino acid
arginine for low sperm count in humans - 4 grams per
day. That's the amount found in about 2 ounces of
sunflower seeds. For rabbits I would cut that amount to
less than a 1/4 ounce. They can get pretty fat on the
seeds. Sunflower seeds are the highest for arginine at
8.2% on a dry weight basis. Other herbs rich in this
nutrient include: Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soybeans,
Watercress, Almonds, Broad Beans, Lentils and Fenugreek
( do not use to much of this herb as it can cause
abdominal distress- 1/4 tsp.(1.25 ml) or less).
Oat (Avena sativa)
Oats have long been considered a male sexual energizer.
Herbalists suggest that oats boost male fertility. You
can get oats cheaply in oatmeal and at bulk food stores.
1-2 tablespoons a day for a week and then once or twice
a week thereafter.
Raspberry leaf is usually recommended for pregnant
females to calm uterine irritability, but raspberry
leaves added to the males' feed increases fertility.
INFLAMMATION OF THE EYES
"Among it's other very well known uses, an infusion of
vulgarae majus et ocimum) is really good for
inflammation of the eyes, works for us as well as the
rabbits. Tried and tested!" Judy
Petroselium crispum ) "Parsley is a diuretic that helps
prevent and treat kidney stones. It is recommended to
make a tea of dried root, drinking 2-3 times a day. It
would have to be given orally to rabbits to help
dissolve them. Use fresh as a preventative." Cheryl
for rabbits in labour. When they are ready to give
birth, I give the does just a leaf or two to stimulate
labour. I give raspberry leaf tea if they are late or
not progressing well in their labours. I squirt the tea
into their mouths if they are too exhausted to eat the
"I want to thank you for this website. It has been most
helpful for my pregnate doe. She was in labor and
stopped giving birth for 15 hours. I went and bought a
lavender plant and
gave her a little of the flowers. Within 4 hours she had
5 babies born. Peanut Butter (the mother doe) and my
whole family say Thank you!" J.H.
MILK, Drying It Up
Parsley is an herbknown to dry up breast milk
and can be used with rabbits also.
"When I drink a cup of
Raspberry tea I always give the tea bag to
the doe. I've had a few of them that miscarry in the
third week and the Red Raspberry seems to help them."
"I've had an ongoing problem with skin mites on the
ears of one of my lops and after reading about
Tea Tree Oil
and mites decided to give it a go. After all the
flea powder and rinse had done little good. I mixed some
up with plain old vegetable oil [about 1 tablespoon and
3-4 drops of oil] and smothered her ears with it. I
noticed a difference within 48 hours and have done it a
second time, and her ears are looking about 200%
Provided by Cheryl
Willow bark contains
salicin. It is an effective pain reliever for
everything. For pain relief in people they recommend 1/2
tsp. of willow bark or up to as much as 5 tsp. of white
willow (S.alba - which is lower in salicin concentrate -
salicin varies from species to species of willow). So
start with a low dose of bark tea given orally. I have
given my bunnies a small branch of leaves with no
- Good for painful
- Sunflower seeds are
among the best sources of Phenylaline, a chemical
involved in pain control.
- Pumpkin seeds and
there extracts have been shown to immobilize and aid in
the expulsion of intestinal worms and other parasites.
The seeds can be bought at a bulk food store hulled and
the bunnies just love them.
- Use garlic to treat
pinworms, roundworms, giardia (an Amoeba) and other
"Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated
effectivness against pneumonia, bronchitis and upper
respiratory infections. Use fresh leaves, flowers and
dig up root, all parts can be dried, also useful to make
a tea with all parts especially the root." Cheryl
"I want to thank you for this website. It has been
most helpful for my pregnate doe. She was in labor and
stoped giving brith for 15 hours. I went and bought a
lavender plant and gave her a little of the flowers.
Within 4 hours she had 5 babies born. Peanut Butter (the
mother doe) and my whole family say THANK YOU!" J.H.
- "We use vitamin C
for stress. It's a tip that an "old-timer" passed on to
me. Just drop a 1000 mg tablet in the water bottle & let
it dissolve. Or, try Rosehips--a naturally high source
of vitamin C, which rabbits should eat happily. Our
Angoras tend to be low-stress guys & gals anyway, but it
certainly hasn't hurt. There seems to be less "show
molting" going on, which I associate with stress." Dawn
(Thymus) mashed and pounded with vinegar, applied to the
swelling and bound with a dressing, works well for