1. The first step is to choose a suitable location for the procedure. Some rabbits are calmer if you look after them on the floor. Others may just ride away from you if you try to feed them on the floor (it is better to keep such rabbits on the table, on the bed or on your knees during the procedure). If you are using a table, make sure there are no glass objects, knives or objects with sharp ends nearby.
Rabbits that are very restless (trying to run away or kick you) should be fixed. Each uses different methods to fix the rabbit, but more often than not, people use swaddling. Gently wrap the rabbit in a towel (not too tight) around the legs and torso. Swaddling diagonally is often the best way.
Some people cover the rabbit with a towel, then lift him by the back and wrap a towel around his hind legs and abdomen. The idea is that by swaddling a rabbit, you prevent the rabbit from breaking out and running away.
2. When you are ready to start, collect all the things you need together: a towel (see above), medicines, syringes (if you need them) and goodies (if you decide to include them in the procedure). You do not want to collect all these things, holding in your hands an already frightened rabbit. And especially you don’t want to leave the rabbit unattended on the table while you are looking for a tube of ointment that “just lay here”. Gather all the necessary things, fill the syringes before picking up the rabbit.
3. Stock up on patience and good mood. Sometimes your bunny may show you a “rabbit rodeo,” as Dr. Veterinarian calls it. Jeffrey Brian of San Francisco - i.e. to jump, wriggle, break out, kick, etc. If you become irritated and lose patience, the rabbit will feel it and get scared even more. Gently speak with your rabbit, stroke him, scratch his ear, kiss him on the nose, do everything to help the rabbit calm down.
If your vet has prescribed rabbit tablets:
Try offering a rabbit a pill on your arm. Some rabbits will take and swallow the pill.
Put the whole pill in a slice of your favorite rabbit meal (apple, banana)
Crush the tablet and mix it with your favorite rabbit food (applesauce, vegetable baby food, chopped dry food, fresh fruits, etc.). You can try wrapping small pieces of the pill in green leaves. Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, you can give the rabbit two halves of the tidy dropsins, then a tablet and again two halves of the dropsins. You see? He didn’t even notice!
Crush the tablet and mix it with your favorite rabbit drink (see liquid medications). You can also dissolve the tablet in water or a small amount of unsweetened juice and drink the rabbit from a syringe (without a needle). Allow the tablet to dissolve, then draw liquid into the syringe and shake. Both on the table and on the floor, insert the syringe into the corner of the rabbit’s mouth, the tip of the syringe should be directed to the side. Squeeze out a little, allowing the rabbit to chew and swallow food or liquid. If you squeeze out too much, the rabbit may accidentally inhale the liquid (even the smallest amount of liquid entering the lungs is fraught with a dangerous disease), so point the syringe slightly to the side and squeeze out food or liquid in small portions. Wipe off what gets “past your mouth” with a napkin or towel. Make sure that the rabbit is sitting calm during the procedure. Be very careful that the rabbit does not choke.
If the veterinarian has prescribed medicines in liquid form:
Pour the medicine into a bowl and place it next to the rabbit - some rabbits will themselves begin to lick the medicine. Liquid preparations often have a fruity taste. If it doesn’t work, try mixing the medicine with your favorite rabbit drink or make a puree from your favorite rabbit fruit. Then try feeding the mixture to the rabbit from the saucer (works better than a bottle).
If failure again, put the rabbit on its lap. Take the rabbit’s face in one hand, slightly extend the rabbit’s lips. Insert the syringe without a needle (which you hold in your second hand) over the rabbit's incisors, point the syringe nose slightly to the side. Squeeze out the liquid in small portions, allowing the rabbit to swallow on its own.
Eye drops and eye ointments
The easiest way to do these procedures on the floor, most rabbits will not even squint during the procedure. Many rabbits believe that this is a strange way of their owners to show their love to them. The main thing is to fix the rabbit with one hand and carry out the procedure with the second. There are two methods of eye instillation: you drip directly onto the surface of the eyeball (onto the protein) or into the lacrimal sacs.
If you put an eye ointment, try not to touch the eyeball itself. When the ointment enters the eye, cover the eyelid and gently massage the eye to melt and spread the ointment over the entire surface of the eye.
Rabbits love when their ears are groomed. They are most often not enthusiastic when fluid gets into their ears. Therefore, most rabbits will not want to participate in such a procedure.
You can try to bury the rabbit’s ears on the floor, but a smart rabbit will rewind you after the first drops. Therefore, it is often easier to carry out this procedure on a table where you can hold the rabbit with one hand.
The first thing to do is to bring the tip of the syringe (pipette, etc.) close enough to where the ear opens (never lower anything deeper than this place). Try not to touch the inner surface of the ear with the tip of a syringe (pipette, etc.), the rabbit will tickle, he will begin to shake his head and will not allow you to complete the procedure.
When the drop enters the ear, massage the base of the ear to help the medicine go down the canal. Wipe off any medicine that has spilled onto your cheeks.
Syringe feeding (no needles!)
If your rabbit has stopped eating, your veterinarian will most likely offer you to force-feed him from a syringe. This means that you have to cook a special meal and feed it to the rabbit through a large syringe. Your rabbit can very well tolerate this procedure at the veterinarian, but the situation will change when he gets home.
Syringe feeding is actually an art and a science, and you will need a few workouts before you understand how to do it right. Be that as it may, we guarantee that this procedure can be learned to do and very often feeding from a syringe saves the lives of rabbits.
Warning: during feeding, the rabbit may accidentally inhale food, and this is deadly.
Always show the rabbit to the vet first. The amount of food (ml) that will need to be supplied to the rabbit depends on the size of the animal. Do not rape the rabbit - make sure the rabbit swallows. In general, stock up on time, it is better to give out food a little bit and direct the syringe to the side.
Most likely, the veterinarian will give you a recipe for mashed potatoes that you will feed the rabbit. Usually a mixture is prepared:? cups of dry food is ground and added to 1 cup of water. Acidophilus may also be added.