The information presented is derived from years of experience within our rabbitry as well as breeder relations.
Maintaining or restoring the health of your rabbit is very important, especially if you are interested in starting a rabbitry. Anyone can have a great stock with impressive lines, however, it will not matter in the long run if they are not healthy. A rabbitry's reputation starts with health.
English Angoras are an overall sensitive breed and they require constant monitoring. It is especially vital to learn the signs of an unhealthy rabbit when purchasing one because these health issues can and mostly likely will be spread to the rest of your stock.
Congestion issues/upper respiratory problems ~ Many people are quick to jump to pasterella or another bacteria being the cause of their rabbit sneezing or wheezing, but what people fail to realize is that this issue can also be the result of a rabbit's environment. Hay, feces, a rabbit's personal cage, and particles in the air harbor and attract mold, dust and dander. This can easily cause your rabbit to break into sneezing fits and make unusual noises. One of the best things a breeder can do (if rabbits are indoors) is invest in a purifier (one that specifically removes mold, dander, and dust.) This will filter out the unhealthy bacteria, and in about two weeks rabbits should show more positive signs of health. As far as implementing something into their diet, echinacea is one of the best plants in assisting with our rabbits' overall health. If you do not have access to this plant, I would advise purchasing it in drop form. Local health and nature stores should carry this, and if not, you can order it online. Add the drops to their water and use as much as you feel needed. Make a note that stress can also trigger health issues, so be sure to give your rabbit some affection and the proper amount of time in acclimating to his or her environment. If you own a rabbitry, I would advise testing a bunny from your stock to retain credible documents that your rabbits do not have any overpowering diseases. Like I said previously, the health of your rabbitry is the biggest contributor towards your reputation and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Conjunctivitis ~ tube of ophthalmic terramycin. You can get this at your local food store. Clean out eye first and after all gunk is removed, pinch back lower eyelid to form as pocket. Squeeze a little in and make a circular motion while using the lid to wipe the medicine around the eyeball. Do this twice a day until eye clears up.
Genital irritation ~ Vetericyn VF wound and infection care-hydrogel spray. Evenly disperse on irritated area and use as often as directed.
Fur mites, e cuniculi, or any parasitic disease ~ Ivermectin (dosage is based on weight, best used with a syringe.)
Diarrhea ~ *FATAL* - A rabbit can die within the first 24 hours of producing watery stool, do not take this lightly. Remove ALL pellets, provide plenty of drinking water, and fill cage with hay. After you have done this, go to your local CVS and purchase pepto-bismol, gripe water, and gas relief drops. Add about 12 drops of gripe water to their water bottle and give them 0.3 ML through a syringe to start with. feed 0.4 ML of pepto-bismol through a syringe or dropper and 0.3 ML of gas relief drops through a syringe. Repeat this every 24 hrs until normal stool is consistent.
Mastitis ~ Use .7 of a CC of Duramycin if rabbit is 7 lbs, if rabbit is 8 use a .8 and so forth. After you have measured correctly, fill the remaining up to 1 CC with distilled water. Mix by shaking and push out any excess air before injecting. A 22 gauge needle is suggested and both of these things can be purchased at Tractor Supply. Do not perform before understanding how to properly inject a needle.
Bettering Immunity health ~ Red raspberry leaves, black rasberry leaves, and spearmint (also good for boosting milk production in nursing does.) I try to incorporate greens that will promote health rather than commonly used veggies.
Cysts ~ (If you are uneasy and do not have a partner with medical knowledge, it would be best to bring the rabbit to a vet.) You will need a pocket knife, needle, tweezers, paper towels, gauze, medical tape, numbing spray (or ice packet), and Blu-Kote. Lay the rabbit on its back and relax your pet before taking on any further steps. Numb the area, make an incision and gently use paper towels to squeeze the pus out. If there is still nothing, take a needle and work infection out until you can start seeing some pus. When you discover a harder clay like mush, this is the cyst. Begin to use your tweezers and needle to pull the core out. It is similar to a black head, so be sure to get it all out. You may have a couple layers of cysts, but this is normal, just continue to squeeze and pull out the remaining until clear blood is present. It will look like a gash, and this is also to be expected. Spray Blu-Kote and place gauze on area while you wrap medical tape around the stomach to hold it in place. It is important that you treat with penicillin after this, your rabbit will be very weak and will need something to help fight off any remaining infection.
(Side Notes) - Any rabbits purchased from any breeder/rabbitry (including ours) should go under 30 day quarantine as a safety precaution. We also exercise strict quarantine measures. If you would like information on how to safely quarantine and sanitize, please contact us. We are here to help you.
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