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Healthcare
Emergencies

Bunny Emergency Kit Essentials
adapted from bunniwerks.org

  • Pet carriers next to house exit.

  • Pedialyte to rehydrate and keep hydrated.

  • Phazyme to relieve gas symptoms.

  • Assorted Oral Syringes (minus needles, of course) to force feed, force hydrate.

  • Canned Pumpkin or pureed baby veggies in a jar, or baby foods, for forced feeding.

  • Eye Dropper

  • Probiotics: Acid-Pak 4-way as a probiotic to stabilize a bunny with chronic soft cecal stools. GI flora imbalance. Mix 1/4 teaspoon to a gallon of water and fill bunnies water dish with it. It smells kind of vanilla-y, should drink it willingly. Used for a few months with good success.

  • BeneBac

  • Non-dairy Acidophilus

  • Prozyme to help digestion as Prozyme is enzymes. Prozyme works better than papaya, pineapple or other plant enzymes because Prozyme is made of enzymes specific for the animal intestine.

  • Probiacin for good gut bacteria. Note on Prozyme and Probiacin: They do two different things. Do not, however, mix them or give them close to one another. It is possible that the enzymes could damage the bacteria and make them less likely to survive the stomach.

  • Nail Clipper

  • Quik Stop or Styptic powder to stop bleeding in case of nail clipping accidents.

  • Saline solution to clean out the eye if needed.

  • A wound disinfectant, such as betadine, polyhydroxine or chlorhexidine/clorahexadine (Sp.) solution (very dilute concentration to flush out wound) for cleansing minor wounds and scratches.

  • Neosporin antibiotic ointment, triple antibiotic ointment (or generic) - Neosporin Plus is a no - no.

  • Scissors to cut hair away from wound site.

  • Tweezers

  • Disposable razors to shave hair around wound.

  • Sterile gauze

  • Sterile absorbent bandaging pads

  • Sterile KY jelly keeps tissue from drying out.

  • Q-Tips

  • Sterile cotton balls

  • Varying sizes of butterfly bandages.

  • Vet wrap (white will not bleed, like the other colours do.)

  • Elizabethan collar (already fitted to your bun, use mole skin around the outer edge to protect your bunny's ears.)

  • 3M makes these new bandages called "Clear Strips" that work great. The skin needs to be shaved for them to work.

  • Pain killer with dosage written on it.

  • Thermometer (digital) and the thermometer covers - Pediatric rectal thermometer, KY jelly. The best thing is to have your vet show you how to do this, so that you will not hurt the bunny. But here are some general guidelines... The best, safest tool is a plastic digital thermometer that gives a relatively quick reading. The easiest position is to hold the bunny on his back such that his back is resting on a towel on a countertop. Gently part the fur behind the prepuce. The anus is the one that "winks back at you" when you gently touch it with the cold icy thermometer! Lubricate the tip of the thermometer with K-Y jelly or other appropriate lubricant and insert it into the anus about 1". Never force anything! Gently move it around (you will pretty much be inserting straight down if the bunny is slightly curled on her back) until the thermometer can be easily slid into the bunny's bum, and wait for results. Normal body temperature ranges between 38.4 - 39.4°C. Lower temperatures are as great a concern as higher tempeartures! A bunny with a temperature lower than 37.8ºC should be seen by the vet ASAP! Rabbits thermoregulate via their ears, and it is normal for the ears to be pretty warm.

  • Bag Balm for topical application to wounds, sores, scratches.

  • Brush for grooming.

  • Flea comb for grooming.

  • Soft towels to do a bunny burrito, or to wrap and comfort them.

  • Those instant cold and instant warm packs which you bend to start using.

  • Heating pad/hot water bottle in case of hypothermia.

  • Ice pack for overheating/heat exhaustion/heat stroke. Ice packs are convenient for putting in a car carrier if you are taking your bunny somewhere and the weather is hot. Wrap it in a towel and bun will curl up against it to cool off. Heat stroke is a serious risk for bunnies.

  • A vet otoscope for examining ears, molars, etc, is an item for a compulsive bunny parent. Less expensive otoscopes will do the job for most situations. Some pharmacies have them. They can be quite expensive or fairly cheap. Get a cheap one. The ones sold in pharmacies are made for humans, in most cases adult humans, and the expensive ones conduct sound better through a big well-padded body. You do not need this kind of sophistication for a stethoscope for first aid to a bunny.

 

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