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Medication & Your Rabbit

Flea Medication

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: info@medirabbit.com .

 

Analgesics/Antibiotic Guide

List compiled from information located at MediRabbit.com

Safe Analgesics Safe Antibiotics Unsafe Antibiotics
Aspirin* 

Azithromycin

Ampicillin

Buprenorphine

Bicillin

Amoxicillin

Butorphanol 

Chloramphenicol

Cephalexin

Carprofen*

Chlortetracycline

Clindamycin

Flunixin

Ciprofloxacin*

Erythromycin

Ibuprofen* 

Clopidol 

Lincomycin                                                                                       

Indomethacin

Danofloxacine

Minocycline

Ketoprofen 

Difloxacine

Penicillin

Medetomidine

Dimetridazole

Spectinomycin

Meloxicam 

Doxycycline

Spiramycin

Meperidine

Enrofloxacin

Tilmicosin 

Morphine

Fusidic acid

Tylosin

Nalbuphine

Gentamycin*

Vancomycin

Oxymorphone

Marbofloxacine

 
Pentazocine Piroxicam

Metronidazole

 
 

Neomycin  

 
 

Oxytetracycline

 
 

Penicillin G procaine*

 
 

Robenidine

 
 

Streptomycin

 
 

Sulfadimidene

 
 

Sulfamethazine 

 
 

Sulfadiazine/trimethoprim

 
 

Tetracycline

 
  Toltrazuri  
 

Important Drug Notices

Amoxicillin Warning

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 45 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.

 

This page was last updated on: January 04, 2008

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