First Aid Supplies:
What Medicine to Keep on Hand
First Aid Supplies
You never know when you are going to have an injured or ill rabbit. There are a few basic things that are recommended for all rabbit owners, whether you have just one as a pet or breed and sell them. Below, you will find our recommendations for your first aid supplies.
Topical Antiseptic (Rubbing Alcohol, Witch Hazel, or Tea Tree Oil) This is to cleanse any minor wound, cut, or abrasion. Also good for cleaning out abscesses. Tea Tree Oil is also used as a fungicide.
Hydrogen Peroxide This is a topical anti-infective good to use after cleansing with one of the above recommended antiseptics. Use only on minor cuts or abrasions. Do not use on abscesses or puncture wounds.
Iodine This is used topically on a wound, cut, abscess, etc. to promote healing and prevent infection.
Antibiotic Ointment such as Neosporin for the treatment of wounds and abscesses. Also good for sore hocks.
Pene-Mite Drops Made by Farnam. Excellent for use in treating Ear Mites. Often only one treatment is necessary.
Terramycin (Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride) Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment with Polymyxin B Sulfate This is available through your local vet, or through animal supply dealers. Topical eye ointment used in the treatment of infections caused by streptococci, rickettsiae, E. coli, A. aerogenes such as conjunctivitis, keratitis, pink eye, corneal ulcer, blepharitis, and ocular infections due to secondary bacterial complications and bacterial inflammatory conditions. This ointment can be used not only on rabbits, but also dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, and horses.
VetRX Rabbit Available through animal supply dealers. Provides effective relief from respiratory infections, colds, wheezing, ear mites, ear canker, snuffles, and more.
Cotton Swabs for cleaning out abscesses.
Cotton Balls and/or Gauze pads, for cleaning and bandaging wounds.
Vetwrap/FlexWrap for wrapping large wounds to keep bandaging in place.