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Herbal And Other Natural Remedies for Your Rabbits

There are a lot of herbal and other natural remedies that can be effective in treating various rabbit disease conditions or illnesses, and you may have many of the herbs and plants right in your own backyard already. And a lot of remedies that work for humans also work for rabbits — and vice versa!

  • Blackberry – You can make use of the leaves and fruits. It is soothing to the rabbit and helps them to cool down by increasing circulation. It is also good to use with pregnant does, especially during the hot summer days. Blackberries can also be a stimulant for the rabbit’s appetite.
  • Chamomile – The chamomile flower has cleansing and calming properties. It is best used with nervous rabbits and aside from that it helps to relieve pain. If made into a tincture, 5-10 drops in warm water can be used for conjunctivitis or strained eyes.
  • Comfrey – The active ingredient found in comfrey is cholin, which is known to be a very powerful healing agent. You can feed the root or the foliage to stimulate appetite and doubles as a treat as well. If you compress a partial leaf of it, it can also be applied to bruised or sprained areas of the rabbit’s body.
  • Dandelion – The roots and leaves can be used as an appetite stimulant or even as a treat. It helps to prevent and ease wool block. Some only make sure of the leaves but you also have to make sure that the leaves are washed very well so that it is free from pesticides. You can use a total of three leaves at a time.
  • Garlic – Garlic helps to protect rabbits against most diseases and acts well to prevent shock. It is highly antiseptic; you may have to be crafty to get them to eat it though, since most rabbits do not necessarily enjoy the taste of garlic. But mixing small amounts it in with other foods will often work.
  • Mint – Dried or fresh variations of mint will help to increase intestinal health. It can also be used for does that have lost their litter to help them decrease milk flow and dry off milk.
  • Nasturtium – It is a good plant with highly antiseptic characteristics. Both the leaves and flowers are edible. Use up to four leaves at a time.
  • Oats – Oats are healthy for rabbits just as they are for humans. It is low in starch but has high mineral content. Just take note to feed less of it during the summer and do not give to young animals.
  • Parsley – It contains apiol, which is useful in the treatment of rabbit’s urinary problems. You can make use of the leaves, seeds, and the roots, as they are rich in iron and copper. The roots are also best used for constipation and intestinal obstruction.
  • Rosemary – This herb is a very good flea killer and can also be used to prevent flea infestation.
  • Raspberry – This can be used for pregnant does during pregnancy to improve their condition, ensure a speedy strong birth and increase intestinal health as well. This could also treat retained afterbirth as it increases blood flow to the organs.
  • Willow – the bark of the willow contains salicin, which is a good cure for intestinal inflammation. The branch may be given to weaning babies to prevent them from getting diarrhea.

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