Your Rabbit First Aid Kit and Emergencies

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 may be ordered online.  The suggested medications must 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.  (To learn more, try these excellent House Rabbit Society videos “How to Take a Rabbit’s Temperature” and “How to Help a Rabbit with Gas Pain”)

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. Review this article if you have any questions about whether or not your rabbit is ill.    To learn more about rabbit medical emergencies, click here.

Contact your veterinarian or after hours emergency clinic.  If you do not have a regular veterinarian, see our list of rabbit knowledgeable vets in Bexar County.

FIRST AID KIT

  • Flexible tip digital rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly (100% pure for lubricating thermometer)
  • Critical Care Formula by Oxbow (available through House Rabbit Society online, shop here ) or SAR X Rabbit Recovery Food by Sherwood Pet Health (available through House Rabbit Society online, shop here )
  • Simethicone (infant gas drops)
  • Canned pumpkin  (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, shop here )
  • Oral feeding syringes  10cc  (curved tip)
  • 1 cc curved tip oral syringes (for medication)
  • Saline eye drops (non-medicated saline only)
  • First aid scissors (blunt end)
  • Non stick bandages of various sizes and shapes
  • 3M Vet wrap (flexible wrap  for covering dressings)
  • Tweezers
  • Vetericyn Wound & Skin Care (expensive but excellent product, available through Amazon)
  • Neosporin
  • Saline eye solution (pure saline only – for flushing eyes)
  • 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  (microwaveable; available through House Rabbit Society online,  shop hereor hot water bottle (avoid using electric heating pads as they can overheat your rabbit or pose a shock risk if rabbit chews cord)
  • Pedialyte electrolyte powder (unflavored)
  • Stethoscope (for checking gut sounds or breathing – online at Amazon for as low as $10)

Medications (available from your vet – use only with your vet’s complete instructions)

  • Metaclopromide or cisamide (to stimulate gut movement)
  • Meloxicam / Metacam  (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory)