Emergency First Aid Kit for Rabbits – In Progress

The emergency first aid kit for rabbits is coming along nicely! Figuring out what should be included in such a kit, finding the best products, researching the cheapest sources, and putting it all together has been very time consuming, but we are so excited about the results! It was especially difficult to find a good bag or container that looked like an emergency kit, had enough space, and wouldn’t break the bank. The one we ended up ordering sounded too good to be true, but it’s here now and we almost couldn’t have improved it had we designed it for this purpose!

Rabbit Emergency First Aid Kit Supplies

We were able to save money by purchasing in bulk and meeting requirements for free shipping. While the kit overall is not going to be cheap, it will be less expensive than it would be if one person went out and purchased everything on our list on their own, even if we don’t count the time it takes to do so.

Water bottles are not included, because doing so would cost an unreasonable amount in shipping and they are easy for anyone to add on their own. Thermometers are rather expensive. We can’t seem to get a bulk discount and there are too many choices, so we decided not to add any to the kit and let everyone choose one on their own instead. There will be lubricant for the tip and a few covers, though! Also, the Furimals Warming and Cooling Pet Mat is going to be optional. Each kit comes with a list of all items included and their expiration dates (if there is one).

While we hope that no one actually needs to use the kit, we do want to cover as many catastrophes as possible. An emergency could be due to a natural disaster, an accident, or an illness. Check out the list below and if you think we are missing something important, please let us know!

Already here:

  • Povidone Iodine Swabsticks: first aid antiseptic to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Neosporin: first aid antibiotic to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Symethicone Infant Gas Drops: relieve the discomfort of gas
  • Saline Wipes: for cleansing eye area as well as cuts and scrapes
  • Puppy Training Pads: use under blanket in carrier to absorb urine
  • Hand Sanitizer: for humans only; use if soap and water are not available
  • 100% Petroleum Jelly: use to lubricate tip of thermometer
  • Gauze Pads: 2×2” and 4×4”
  • Syringes: 1cc for medication
  • Kraft Paper Bags: for hay
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Furimals Warming and Cooling Pet Mat: optional addition to kit

On the way:

  • Oxbow Critical Care: premium recovery food; can be syringe-fed if rabbit is unwilling to eat due to illness, surgery, or poor nutritional status
  • Styptic Powder: stops minor bleeding after nail trimming
  • 3M Vetrap Bandages: self-adherent bandaging tape; also used to prevent sore hocks
  • Oral Feeding Syringe: 10cc
  • Bag Balm: treat minor sores and irritation
  • Scissors: blunt-tipped
  • Anti-Pill Fleece
  • Plastic Container: for dry food (pellets or treats)

Researching Sources:

  • Electrolyte Replacement Drink
  • Organic Baby Food: (Anyone know of a brand without tuna oil on the ingredient list?)

Possible Additions:

  • Water
  • Pain Medication such as Metacam (consult vet)
  • Digital Rectal Thermometer

 

Please note that we are no vets and all items included in the kit are simply collected as options in case of emergency. Bunny Approved is not responsible for the correct use of the products and we recommend that you go over the contents of the kit with your vet. The kit is not a substitute for proper medical assistance.

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11 Comments

  1. Marsha Bone
    Marsha Bone On August 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Looking good. I think you have most of it covered. I purchased Metacam from Isabella’s vet and she also gave me a prescription for it. Advised it would be cheaper to purchase Critical Care online (you have that in care kit). What about subQ fluid. She said Isabella could take about 100cc. Will you have that or should I get it from her. I hope I would never have to use any of it on Isabella and the vet will be the first line of treatment for her. There are 2 bunny savvy vets in my town so I would go to there first. But we all know we should be ready for an emergency. Not sure I could do the fluids but maybe if I knew I had to. saw them do it to my last bunny. Thanks for putting this together. Marsha

    • Bunny Approved
      Bunny Approved On August 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks! We found a good deal on Critical Care and bought in bulk. It’s still not cheap. Yes, we agree! It’s better to be prepared, just in case. We were not planning on adding subQ fluids to the kit. This is something people will have to add on their own if they want it. We looked into Pedialyte, though, and the unflavored version only comes as a liquid, which would increase shipping costs.

  2. Leah
    Leah On August 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Great kit. I’ve been putting together first aid kits (human) for some friends and discovered the dollar tree has some amazing supplies, including thermometers and covers.

    • Bunny Approved
      Bunny Approved On August 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks for the input! The dollar store had a couple of things we needed.

  3. Irene
    Irene On August 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Well thought out kit. Is the red tote waterproof? Scissors (regular kind) are good to have in case you have to cut away fur or anything binding wrapped around the bunny.

    • Bunny Approved
      Bunny Approved On August 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you! No, the bag is not waterproof. These emergency bags are surprisingly expensive and that would have added a large amount of money to each kit. If flooding is a concern, I’d put them in plastic bags. In fact, I’d be happy to add a couple of large freezer bags to each kit. I will research which brand is the most waterproof.

  4. Kristen
    Kristen On August 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Could you use canned sweet potato?

  5. Nellie
    Nellie On August 17, 2014 at 2:55 am

    How about bio-lapis?

    Aspirins can be used as painkillers for rabbits as well.

  6. Vanessa
    Vanessa On August 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Through research, I’ve found these to be the most available and most efficient in electrolyte replacement:

    Pedialyte
    Rebound Oral Electrolyte Solution (virbac)
    ELECTROLYTES PLUS 400g (vetoquinol)

    This is an awesome idea, by the way! Nicely done. :)

  7. Lauren
    Lauren On January 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Hi all,
    This looks amazing, will it be able to be shipped to the UK????
    I have been searching for a kit for a while, but they are all aimed at dogs/cats over here.
    Also roughly when will they be up for sale?
    Many thanks xxx

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