Apple Cider Vinegar: Has many benefits for the domestic rabbit. You should purchase the Organic version of Apple Cider Vinegar "with the Mother". ACV "with the Mother" contains a potent combination of vitamins as well as being full of minerals- including potassium, copper and iron as well as magnesium and phosphorous. Even regular ACV has great benefits just make sure it is apple cider vinegar and not apple colored/flavored distilled white vinegar! ACV also contains helpful enzymes which provide many health benefits. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. Start with one and work up to two.
Apple Cider Vinegar keeps the immune system up also preventing urinary tract problems like bladder sludge (from excess calcium) and promotes a less potent urine therefore reducing the smell and less infections because the organisms can not live in acidic urine. It keeps the body ph regulated, clearing up skin infections and weepy eyes. Many people feel that adding ACV to your rabbits water results in healthier rabbits by increasing the nutrient absorption capabilities of the G.I. tract as well as helping the whole digestive process. ACV is said to boost fertility rates and produce more female kits in a litter, also said to make the does more willing to breed. ACV makes rabbits unattractive to fleas and mites by making the rabbit "smell” off. Making it a great repellent and health tonic. Extensive historical use and veterinary studies indicate that apple cider vinegar added to feed or water can cure a mastitis infection and reduce the transmission rates of the bacteria.
Banana: It contains B12 and potassium. it encourages weight gain and stimulates appetite. The peel and fruit can be used. Dehydreded chips can be used also.
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds: The oils in the seeds are great for conditioning your rabbits coat and also great to use as a supplement for a underweight rabbit.
Calf Manna: It can be purchased at most grain stores. It is a great coat conditioner during your rabbits molt. It is also great for underweight, pregnant or nursing does. It contains a lot of calcium so do not feed for long periods of time (ex. not more than a 8 wk intervule). A rabbits kidneys do not process extra calcium well, so prolonged use is not good. Feed app. 1-2 tbs. per day. It is best to place in a separate bowl.
Chamomile:One of the best "all Natural" cures for Weepy Eye. Make a cup of Chamomile tea a little stronger than you would if you were drinking it. Add a tsp. of Honey to the tea. This mixture can be squirted directly into the eye or soak a cotton ball and make a compress. Both the Chamomile and Honey contain anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. Chamomile can also be fed to the rabbit.It is great for respiratory problems. It will also help calm your rabbit. It is great to feed to a rabbit before a show to help it relax. Also can be used to relieve pain.
Cranberry: You can use the juice or dried ones. It is a great treatment for urinary tract infections. Also great for rabbits prone to hutch burn.
Dandelion: Use the flowers, leaves, stems, and roots. It is good for blood purifying, respiratory ailments, anti-inflammatory, bladder infections, diarrhea, milk flow of nursing does, good treat for does after having a litter. It can help rabbits with respiratory problems, such as pasteurellosis, which can eventually cause serious problems including head tilt, loss of balance and death. There have been tests on rabbits that were treated with dandelion’s showing that it is effective against pneumonia, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. You can make a weak tea to add to the rabbits water. It is well known for its curative powers. The bitter milky sap stimulates the working of all glands, including the milk glands of lactating does. The plant has both laxative and astringent qualities and regulates constipation and diarrhea.
Dichotomous Earth: Can be mixed into your rabbits pellets as a all natural wormer. Use app 1/2 tsp. It can also be used for fur mites and fleas. Lightly dust your rabbit avoiding eyes and nose. It can be harmful is too much is breathed into the lungs.
Echinacea: Immune system stimulant and broad spectrum antibiotic. In the lower doses it’s the stimulant and in higher doses acts as an antibiotic. Anti-inflammatory with anti-viral properties. Echinacea is a great preventive herb to use for your rabbits. Research has shown that echinacea increases production of interferon in the body. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection.
Flax Seed: It can be sprinkled over their food. Since flax seed has benifixial oils in it, it is a great coat conditioner and also will help dry skin.
Garlic: Very strong in killing infections, but hard to get rabbits to eat.
Grapefruit Seed Oil: This is a all natural wormer for rabbits. Add 10 drops to 1 gallon of water and use as sole drinking water for 2 weeks.
Nettles: Increases milk flow in nursing does.
Oats: Use plain oats from the grocery market or purchase crimped oats from a grain store. Good for digestive problems, diarrhea, kidney and bladder problems. This is great to use when changing feed to prevent diarrhea. It is also great to feed a rabbit who needs to gain a little weight.
Parsley: Enriches the blood, urinary problems. Roots are used for constipation and obstruction of the intestines. Good for the cure of inflammation of bladder & kidneys, digestive disorders, fertility in bucks, productivity in does. Feed dry or fresh but do not feed wilted parsley.
Papaya: Give papaya enzyme tablets every couple of days to help keep them from getting wool block. The enzyme helps to break down the hair in the gut, and keep things moving. Rabbits usually enjoy eating them.
Peppermint: Great for Scours and firming up loose stool. It will help with most stomach issues. It can dry up a milk supply so use caution with lactating does.
Probiotics: Can be used to get their digestive tract back in balance. It should always be used in conjunction with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill beneficial bacteria in the rabbits digestive tract.
Pumpkin Seeds: Use raw pumpkin seeds. It is said to prevent and help cure coccidiosis and worms. It is a bactericide,fungicide,anti-viral, and anti-parasitic.
Strawberry: Use whole plant (leaves and fruit) is antiseptic and cooling. Leaves are rich in iron and are supposed to prevent miscarriage. Externally used for inflamed areas, rashes and sore eyes. It is also said it helps prevent still bones.
Vitamin E: Use a 1,000 mg capsule. It is the quickest safest way to remove toxins from your rabbits system. Snip the tip of capsule and squirt in mouth, if you suspect your rabbit has ingested something it shouldn't have.
Willow: Use the leaves, bark and branches. It helps cure intestinal inflammation and diarrhea.