Rabbits can be just as difficult, if not more so, than cats when it comes to taking medication. It is important to take special precautions when administering medication to a rabbit, as they are such sensitive animals.
Tablets for Rabbits
Many veterinary medications are commercially available as tablets. These are not generally the easiest to administer, especially when dealing with a rabbit. However, there are some special bunny patients that will happily crunch up a tablet when offered as you would a treat. So, start there and we will all hope that your rabbit is one of the select few. If your bunny is unwilling to take the tablet when offered, you have a couple of options. One option is to hide the whole tablet in one of your rabbit’s favorite treats: banana, apple, seedless grape, etc. Another option is to crush the tablet and hide it in applesauce, jam, organic (fruit/veggie only) baby food, yogurt, etc. If you are crushing up the tablet, you must make sure that your rabbit eats all of the treat, so that you can ensure that the correct dose is ingested.
Oral Suspension for Rabbits
Some veterinarians will suggest compounding your rabbit’s medication into a flavored oral suspension. (If your veterinarian does not offer, feel free to ask them if this is an option.) Flavored oral suspensions can be much easier than trying to hide a tablet. Many rabbits will happily slurp up flavored medication in an enticing fruit flavor. You can attempt to offer the liquid rabbit medication in a small bowl or through a syringe. Either way, again, you want to ensure that the complete dose is ingested. Sometimes in very bitter medications, or if you have an extremely finicking rabbit, it is still a struggle to get them to take their medications. If this is the case, you can try wrapping your bunny in a towel (“bunny burrito”) and maneuver the syringe into the corner of the rabbit’s mouth, with the tip pointing sideways. Exercise caution here, it is very dangerous if the rabbit aspirates liquid into their lungs. Carefully, slowly depress the syringe and allow your bunny to swallow the complete dose at his/her own pace.
Other Rabbit Medication Options
Some veterinary specialty pharmacies also offer other forms of rabbit medication. For example, Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy can compound your rabbit’s medication into a flavored gummy treat. The medication is evenly distributed throughout the treat, so that your bunny will not be able to “pick” out the active ingredient. Our Exotic Gummy Treats come in a variety of fruit flavors, but our top rabbit-loving options are grape, raspberry, orange, apple and blueberry.
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Talk to your veterinarian about the easiest, most efficient way to medicate your rabbit. If you have any other questions about rabbit medications, feel free to contact a pharmacist at Golden Gate Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy at (888) 855-6337.
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