Rabbit Care

Spaying and Neutering

De-sexing or spaying and neutering of female and male rabbits is an essential veterinary procedure to ensure your rabbit becomes the best possible indoor companion. Unaltered rabbits are governed by their hormones and can spray urine, exhibit sexually motivated aggression, and females can suffer high rates of reproductive cancers.

Spaying or neutering is a generally safe and uncomplicated medical procedure when performed by a vet who has experience with rabbits. See the House Rabbit Society articles below for more information.

We have included a list of Rabbit Knowledgeable Vets below.

Rabbit Knowledgeable Vets in the Bexar County Area

This list is a work in-progress as more vets are located in the Bexar County area who have knowledge about the unique medical needs of rabbits.  Not all vets have experience caring for rabbits and therefore may not accept rabbits as patients.  It is therefore very important that rabbit owners locate a vet before they ever require their services.  Rabbits with a mild illness or injury can decline very quickly and die without proper medical care; you don’t want to be hunting for a vet when your rabbit needs help.  This is not an exhaustive list and inclusion of a vet on this list is not an endorsement or advertisement for their services; this is an informational listing only.  To report any changes, updates or inaccuracies, please contact us at:  AlamoCityHouseRabbits@gmail.com

Dr. Rebekah Byrd

Northern Oaks Bird & Animal Hospital
13395 Wetmore Road
San Antonio, Texas 78247
Phone: (210) 496-1315
www.northernoaksvet.com

Dr. Bill McGehee

Castle West Animal Hospital
11105 West Avenue
San Antonio, Texas  78213
Phone:   (210) 344-8259
Emergency Pet Clinic:  (210) 822-2873
www.CastleWestVet.com

Dr. Jim Jensen

Affordable Pet Care NW
5443 Grissom Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238
Phone: (210) 684-2273
www.apcnw.com

Dr. Melissa Hill

Kirby Animal Hospital
4623 Binz-Engelman
San Antonio, Texas 78219
Phone: (210) 661-6717
www.KirbyAnimalHospital.com

Dr. Steve Rapp

Boerne Veterinary Clinic
921 North Main Street
Boerne, Texas 78006
Phone: (830) 249-2141
www.BoerneVeterinaryClinic.com

Dr. Darren Hubenak

The Ark Pet Hospital
21518 Blanco Rd. Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78260
Phone : (210) 495-8387
www.TheArkSA.com

Dr. Joseph B. Pamplin

Pleasanton Road Animal Hospital
3810 Pleasanton Road
San Antonio, Texas 78221
Phone: (210) 922-8387
www.PleasantonRoad.com

Dr. Claudia Whippo

Sayers Animal Hospital
10180 Hwy. 87 East
Adkins, Texas 78101
Phone: (210) 649-1581
www.SayersAnimalHospital.com

Dr. Barbara Powers

Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital
12727 Mountain Air
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(IH-10 West & DeZavala Road)
Phone: (210) 696-1700
www.tenwestvet.com

Fischer Veterinary Clinic
1631 McQueeney Road
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: (830) 625-1440
www.tenwestvet.com

After Hours and Emergency Care:

Rabbits are generally hardy pets when well fed and housed indoors and they do not often get sick, but when they do, they should be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Injuries such as broken bones, cuts or torn skin need immediate attention.

Illness, particularly gastric distress, respiratory infection, bladder stone blockage, and other ailments, can cause serious decline or death in a surprisingly short time.

Do not take a wait and see approach with rabbits. Emergency vets with knowledge of rabbit care are very limited in the San Antonio area.

Emergency vet clinics may not have a vet on duty with rabbit knowledge, but they should be able to offer stabilizing care until you can see your regular vet the next business day.

Dr. Rebekah Byrd

Northern Oaks Bird & Animal Hospital
13395 Wetmore Road
San Antonio, Texas 78247
Phone: (210) 496-1315
www.northernoaksvet.com
(Very knowledgeable rabbit vet and is open on Saturday mornings)

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners

(street sign still shows VREC)
503 East Sonterra Blvd, Suite 102
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Phone: (210) 930-8383
www.bluepearlvet.com/san-antonio-stone-oak-tx/

Rabbit First Aid Kit and Supplies

This is a suggested list of supplies to have in your rabbit first aid kit. Many of these items can be purchased at your local pharmacy or grocery store, but some must be ordered online. The suggested medications can be prescribed by your vet, along with your vet's specific instructions and guidelines for their use. Become familiar with your first aid kit and how to use the items in it.  

Do not wait for your rabbit to become sick before you learn how to take a temperature or to give tummy massage to ease gas pains.

The use of first aid items is not a substitute for proper veterinary care.

If your rabbit appears ill, not acting normally, or has an injury, your first response should be to contact your veterinarian or an emergency vet clinic.

Not sure how to tell if your rabbit is ill?  http://www.rabbit.org/care/sick.html
To learn more about rabbit medical emergencies, go to:   http://www.rabbit.org/journal/2-4/emergency-preparedness.html

Contact your veterinarian or after hours emergency clinic.

Your Basic Rabbit First Aid Kit

Flexible tip digital thermometer

Petroleum jelly (100% pure for lubricating thermometer)

Critical Care Formula by Oxbow (available through House Rabbit Society online) or SAR X Rabbit Recovery Food by Sherwood Pet Health (available through House Rabbit Society online)

Simethicone (infant gas drops)

Canned pumpkin or squash baby food (to stimulate appetite and gut movement during GI stasis)

Digestive Support by Sherwood Pet Health (papaya and herbal tablets, available through House Rabbit Society online)

Large oral feeding syringe or 60cc catheter tip syringe

1 cc curved tip oral syringes (for medication)

Saline eye solution (non-medicated saline only – for flushing eyes)

First aid scissors (blunt end)

Non stick bandages of various sizes and shapes

3M Vet wrap (flexible wrap for covering dressings)

Fine tip Tweezers

Vetericyn Wound & Skin Care (expensive but excellent product, available through Amazon)

Neosporin (*Very important – Original Formula only)

Cotton swabs

Cotton balls

Bag Balm / Desitin / A & D Original Ointment (skin irritations)

Kwik Stop (styptic powder for a bleeding nail – do not use on open skin wounds)

Q-tips (to apply styptic powder)

Snugglesafe pet heating pad (do not use electric heating pads as they can overheat or burn your rabbit’s skin or pose a shock risk if rabbit chews cord)

Pedialyte electrolyte powder (flavored)

Pediatric stethoscope (for checking gut sounds or breathing - online at Amazon for as low as $10)

Optional Medications (available from your vet - use only with your vet's complete instructions)

Metaclopromide or cisapride (to stimulate gut movement)

Meloxicam / Metacam (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory)

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