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Medication & Your Rabbit
Advantage - kitten form is ok to use
Revolution - kitten/puppy form is ok, this product also works for fur mites.
Frontline - Do Not Use for rabbits, it has been linked with at least 3 deaths
Analgesics & Antibiotics for Rabbits
Analgesics and Antibiotics at some point in time will undoubtedly be prescribed for your rabbit. Therefore it is essential to know that some medications can prove fatal or have adverse side affects for your rabbit. It is in every rabbit owner's best interest to know what can and cannot be safely used when treating your rabbits.
I have listed below analgesics and antibiotics that are both safe and unsafe for use in rabbits. However, no medicine should be administered without consent from a veterinarian. Another thing to remember is that many medications have not be approved for use in rabbits and are therefore considered to be "off-label" use. In short this means that there is no real statistics on exact recommended dosages and adverse side affects. So please do not try and self treat and medicate your rabbit. Again, I highly recommend that you discuss such matters with a qualified veterinarian before administering any form of medication or treatment.
I got much of the information below from the MediRabbit website at http://www.medirabbit.com . For more information about the MediRabbit website and the information contained on it please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
List compiled from information located at MediRabbit.com
Important Drug Notices
Amoxicillin is a broad spectrum antibiotic that comes in the form of a pink liquid that smells like bubble gum. Amoxicillin is not to be administered to rabbits, cavies, chinchillas or hamsters as it affects the normal bacteria flora in the gut causing diarrhea which often leads to death.
For more information read:
Amoxicillin Warning by Marinell Harriman
Drug Dosage Calculator
A Drug Dosage Calculator is available at: http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/rx/drugcalc.html this is to help ensure your rabbit gets the proper dosage, it is not meant for you to self medicate your rabbit. Medication should only be prescribed by a veterinarian.
How To Medicate Your Rabbit
There are several ways to medicate your rabbit, you will have to find the one that works best for you and your rabbit.
One way is to place the rabbit on a table facing you, grasp the skin at the back of the neck and gently apply pressure so as to point your rabbit's head up; using a syringe place it into the corner of the mouth and gently inject the medication as the rabbit starts swallowing.
If your rabbit is a fighter you can wrap it up in a towel or blanket, hold it at a 45º angle facing towards you; using a syringe place it into the corner of the mouth and gently inject the medication as the rabbit starts swallowing.
For more information check out the following articles to learn how to medicate your rabbit.
FAQ: Medicating Your Rabbit by Susan Davis and Laurie Gigous
Giving Medicine To Your Rabbit by by Suzanne Smith
Disclaimer: Raising House Rabbits takes no responsibility for the use or misuse of any information in this article. If you are uncertain of how to deal with a situation, consult your veterinarian immediately.
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