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WillowAndBiscuit
04-01-2016, 06:05 PM
I'm putting together an emergency kit that contains various different equipment and medicine for my bunnies so that I can care for them as best as possible when I can't get to the vet right away and also so I can prevent illnesses (such as gut blockages from fur) as much as I can. So far I have gut stimulant and recovery food with syringes that the vet gave me, nail clippers, baby food a brush and a massage pad. Does anyone else have one of these boxes and if so what do you have in it?

Jack's-Jane
04-01-2016, 07:35 PM
I'm putting together an emergency kit that contains various different equipment and medicine for my bunnies so that I can care for them as best as possible when I can't get to the vet right away and also so I can prevent illnesses (such as gut blockages from fur) as much as I can. So far I have gut stimulant and recovery food with syringes that the vet gave me, nail clippers, baby food a brush and a massage pad. Does anyone else have one of these boxes and if so what do you have in it?

With regards to the gut stimulant, it is really important that this type of medication is only given after the Rabbit has been examined by a Vet as giving a gut stimulant to a Rabbit who has an intestinal blockage/obstructive bloat could prove to be fatal.

A home First Aid Kit (one without any 'Prescription Only' items such as Metacam, Metoclopramide etc ) could contain :

1ml disposable Syringes
Infacol or Gripe Water
Critical Care/Supreme Recovery Feed
Sterile swabs
Sterile Saline Solution
Tweezers
Round ended scissors
Nail clippers
Styptic pencil
Hibiscrub
Medical grade Manuka Honey/Activon
Stethoscope
Otoscope
Thermometer
Panacur
Fibreplex
Avipro Plus
Peppermint Tea Bags
Veg Baby Food Pouches eg Ellas Kitchen or Hipp
Heat Pad

I expect others can add some other useful items too

Any prescription only medication should only be used under Veterinary supervision and 'left over' supplies from a previous illness will have a very short shelf life so they are unlikely to be of any use if they have been stored away.

MightyMax
04-01-2016, 08:18 PM
I'm putting together an emergency kit that contains various different equipment and medicine for my bunnies so that I can care for them as best as possible when I can't get to the vet right away and also so I can prevent illnesses (such as gut blockages from fur) as much as I can. So far I have gut stimulant and recovery food with syringes that the vet gave me, nail clippers, baby food a brush and a massage pad. Does anyone else have one of these boxes and if so what do you have in it?

Good idea!

I have Metacam in mine - useful when the vet indicates it's needed and you can't get to the vet!
Infacol
Gas tablets
Stethoscope (for listening to gut sounds)
Panacur
Fibreplex
Styptic pencil (to stop bleeding when nails are cut too close to the quick)
Syringes (both 1ml and 2ml)
Pouches of Ella's Kitchen baby food
Recovery food
Raisins to hide meds in :D

WillowAndBiscuit
04-01-2016, 08:19 PM
With regards to the gut stimulant, it is really important that this type of medication is only given after the Rabbit has been examined by a Vet as giving a gut stimulant to a Rabbit who has an intestinal blockage/obstructive bloat could prove to be fatal.

A home First Aid Kit (one without any 'Prescription Only' items such as Metacam, Metoclopramide etc ) could contain :

1ml disposable Syringes
Infacol or Gripe Water
Critical Care/Supreme Recovery Feed
Sterile swabs
Sterile Saline Solution
Tweezers
Round ended scissors
Nail clippers
Styptic pencil
Hibiscrub
Medical grade Manuka Honey/Activon
Stethoscope
Otoscope
Thermometer
Panacur
Fibreplex
Avipro Plus
Peppermint Tea Bags
Veg Baby Food Pouches eg Ellas Kitchen or Hipp
Heat Pad

I expect others can add some other useful items too

Any prescription only medication should only be used under Veterinary supervision and 'left over' supplies from a previous illness will have a very short shelf life so they are unlikely to be of any use if they have been stored away.
Ok great, thank you! The only reason I have kept the prescription medication is in case one of the bunnies get stasis in the near future. Obviously I will take them to the vets if they have and I won't give it to them beforehand, it just saves me buying a new one if the vet says it's ok to use and is still in date.

I also forgot to mention that I have heat pads, they're just too big to fit in the box haha.

MightyMax
04-01-2016, 08:21 PM
Ok great, thank you! The only reason I have kept the prescription medication is in case one of the bunnies get stasis in the near future. Obviously I will take them to the vets if they have and I won't give it to them beforehand, it just saves me buying a new one if the vet says it's ok to use and is still in date.

I also forgot to mention that I have heat pads, they're just too big to fit in the box haha.

Yeah, agreed, very sensible :thumb:

WillowAndBiscuit
04-01-2016, 08:25 PM
Good idea!

I have Metacam in mine - useful when the vet indicates it's needed and you can't get to the vet!
Infacol
Gas tablets
Stethoscope (for listening to gut sounds)
Panacur
Fibreplex
Styptic pencil (to stop bleeding when nails are cut too close to the quick)
Syringes (both 1ml and 2ml)
Pouches of Ella's Kitchen baby food
Recovery food
Raisins to hide meds in :D
Thank you! I think I might need a bigger box 😜

MightyMax
04-01-2016, 08:39 PM
Thank you! I think I might need a bigger box 😜

I got one from the pound shop, and it's transparent so I can check what's in there! ;)

WillowAndBiscuit
04-01-2016, 09:03 PM
I got one from the pound shop, and it's transparent so I can check what's in there! ;)
Definitely going to have to check that out then!

Calathea
05-01-2016, 05:01 PM
Hibiscrub
Medical grade Manuka Honey/Activon
Otoscope
Avipro Plus
Peppermint Tea Bags
Veg Baby Food Pouches eg Ellas Kitchen or Hipp


Hope you don't mind me asking but what do you use the above for?

Jack's-Jane
05-01-2016, 05:18 PM
Hope you don't mind me asking but what do you use the above for?

Info about Hibiscrub here:

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/skin-and-hair/a6844/hibiscrub-chlorhexidine/

Medical Grade Manuka Honey/Activon here:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/03March/Pages/Bug-busting-properties-of-honey-assessed.aspx

http://www.advancis.co.uk/products/activon-manuka-honey/activon-tube

Otoscope- To examine inside a Rabbits ears and to a limited extent to check their cheek teeth (molar teeth)

Avipro Plus- A PREbiotic which was recommended to me by Mark Rowland , an Exotics Vet specialist. Prebiotics are NOT the same as PRObiotics which may be destroyed by digestive enzymes. Details about Prebiotics and Probiotics here :

http://patient.info/doctor/probiotics-and-prebiotics

Avipro Plus: http://www.vetuk.co.uk/dog-supplements-cat-supplements-prebiotic-probiotic-products-c-5_172/avipro-plus-p-1225

My Rabbits like Peppermint tea and it is useful when needing to administer oral hydration, eg in cases of gut stasis

Baby Foods- As a last resort for syringe feeding an ill and anorexic Rabbit who will not swallow Critical Care/Supreme Recovery syringe feeds.

Calathea
05-01-2016, 05:52 PM
Info about Hibiscrub here:

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/skin-and-hair/a6844/hibiscrub-chlorhexidine/

Medical Grade Manuka Honey/Activon here:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/03March/Pages/Bug-busting-properties-of-honey-assessed.aspx

http://www.advancis.co.uk/products/activon-manuka-honey/activon-tube

Otoscope- To examine inside a Rabbits ears and to a limited extent to check their cheek teeth (molar teeth)

Avipro Plus- A PREbiotic which was recommended to me by Mark Rowland , an Exotics Vet specialist. Prebiotics are NOT the same as PRObiotics which may be destroyed by digestive enzymes. Details about Prebiotics and Probiotics here :

http://patient.info/doctor/probiotics-and-prebiotics

Avipro Plus: http://www.vetuk.co.uk/dog-supplements-cat-supplements-prebiotic-probiotic-products-c-5_172/avipro-plus-p-1225

My Rabbits like Peppermint tea and it is useful when needing to administer oral hydration, eg in cases of gut stasis

Baby Foods- As a last resort for syringe feeding an ill and anorexic Rabbit who will not swallow Critical Care/Supreme Recovery syringe feeds.

Brilliant, thank you!

Do Avipro and Fiberplex do the same thing? I have Fiberplex, would you recommend getting both as you can use the Avipro to rehydrate?

Jack's-Jane
05-01-2016, 06:08 PM
Brilliant, thank you!

Do Avipro and Fiberplex do the same thing? I have Fiberplex, would you recommend getting both as you can use the Avipro to rehydrate?

Fibreplex contains both pre and probiotics plus added fibre. It is in a paste formulation. It may be beneficial to Rabbits with GI tract problems. Even if it does not do much good it wont do any harm. Avipro Plus just has prebiotics in it (see links in previous post) I use Avipro Plus much more frequently than Fibreplex. One of my Rabbits who has a chronic gut problem has Avipro Plus daily and he will do so for life. It has been extremely beneficial to him.

Calathea
05-01-2016, 06:20 PM
Fibreplex contains both pre and probiotics plus added fibre. It is in a paste formulation. It may be beneficial to Rabbits with GI tract problems. Even if it does not do much good it wont do any harm. Avipro Plus just has prebiotics in it (see links in previous post) I use Avipro Plus much more frequently than Fibreplex. One of my Rabbits who has a chronic gut problem has Avipro Plus daily and he will do so for life. It has been extremely beneficial to him.

Ah I see, sorry should have read it properly! In what instances would it be advisable to use Avipro Plus? Alfie has been stressed because of the loss of his girlfriend and his poos haven't been quite right, I've given him Fiberplex which seems to have helped a lot but would Avipro have been OK to give instead?

Jack's-Jane
05-01-2016, 06:26 PM
Ah I see, sorry should have read it properly! In what instances would it be advisable to use Avipro Plus? Alfie has been stressed because of the loss of his girlfriend and his poos haven't been quite right, I've given him Fiberplex which seems to have helped a lot but would Avipro have been OK to give instead?

I use Avipro Plus, but if the Fibreplex has helped Alfie then that was obviously the right thing for him :)

Calathea
05-01-2016, 06:32 PM
I use Avipro Plus, but if the Fibreplex has helped Alfie then that was obviously the right thing for him :)

Thank you for answering all my questions, still very new to buns, lots to learn! :) x

Jack's-Jane
05-01-2016, 06:39 PM
Thank you for answering all my questions, still very new to buns, lots to learn! :) x

Having Bunnies means being on a permanent learning curve ! They always manage to come up with something to confuse us :lol:

WillowAndBiscuit
05-01-2016, 06:58 PM
Having Bunnies means being on a permanent learning curve ! They always manage to come up with something to confuse us [emoji38]
Amen to that! Just when I thought I knew everything I needed to know (as an owner, not a vet/professional), they manage to surprise me! Hahaha 😂

MightyMax
05-01-2016, 08:29 PM
Brilliant, thank you!

Do Avipro and Fiberplex do the same thing? I have Fiberplex, would you recommend getting both as you can use the Avipro to rehydrate?

Fibreplex is useful because of the fibre content (and usually rabbits like it!)

Avipro, containing prebiotics and probiotics, is generally reckoned by specialist vets to be of no real use, as the rabbits stomach acid kills off anything before it gets the chance to be useful.

However, some people like to give it to their rabbits anyway, and it certainly will do no harm!