Alternative Treatments for Common Ailments

 

IF YOUR RABBIT IS NOT EATING, NOT POOPING, IS ACTING LETHARGIC, OR IS DISPLAYING ANY OTHER ACUTE PROBLEMS, SEE YOUR VET!  THE SUGGESTIONS HERE SHOULD BE USED ONLY AS AN ADDITION TO THE PRESCRIBED TREATMENTS.

 

This page discusses alternative treatments for common ailments that have been recommended to us.  The “medicines”, themselves are discussed on the other pages of this section:

Please note that we cannot promise these suggestions will work; much of our information is anecdotal only, so be sure to discuss any of these options with your vet before embarking on a treatment.  In addition, we recommend A Modern Horse Herbal, by Hilary Page Self and Bach Flower Remedies for Animals, by Stefan Ball and Judy Ramsell Howard.

Be sure to consult your vet before embarking on any herbal or other supplemental treatments.

Antiseptic

– Herbs

  • apple cider vinegar:  may be used internally or externally.  A tablespoon or so in the water bowl is the usual dosage.
  • nasturtium
  • strawberry plant

– Acupressure Points

 

Bladder Infection

– Herbs

  • dandelion root and foliage
  • parsley

– Acupressure Points

Calming

– Herbs

  • chamomile
  • lavender (external use only)
  • rose hips to reduce stress
  • rosemary
  • St. John’s Wort

– Flower Essences

  • Rescue Remedy
  • Mimulus
  • Rock Rose

– Acupressure Points

 

 Constipation

– Herbs

  • cooked apple
  • borage
  • dandelion root and foliage
  • parsley root

– Acupressure Points

Dehydration

– Herbs

  • Feed dandelion leaves that you’ve gotten nice and wet.

– Acupressure Points

Diarrhea

– Herbs

  • cooked apple
  • blackberry leaves and fruit
  • cooked carrots
  • dandelion root and foliage
  • dried mint
  • oats
  • raspberry leaves
  • rose hips
  • willow bark

– Acupressure Points

Exhaustion 

– Herbs

  • oats
  • rosehips
  • echinacea

– Flower Essences

  • Rescue Remedy
  • Olive

– Acupressure Points

 

Eye Problems

– Herbs

– inflamation

  • calendula infusion
  • euphrasia (eyebright) may be used both internally and externally.
  • mint

weepy eyes

  • chamomile eye wash:  Dissolve 5-10 drops of tincture in warm water.
  • strawberry leaf compress

– Acupressure Points

Bl 1, GB1, St1, GB20, LI4, Spl6, Li11, Liv2, GB41

 

Fever

– Herbs

  • borage
  • yarrow

– Acupressure Points

 

Flea Treatment

– Herbs

  • apple cider vinegar:  a tablespoon or two in the water bowl will make the rabbit smell bad to the fleas.
  • rosemary

– Acupressure Points

 

Hairball Preventative

– Herbs

  • fresh pineapple
  • fresh papaya
  • hay, twigs, and other fibrous edibles 

– Acupressure Points

 

Kidney and Urinary Problems

Herbs

  • burdock root
  • calendula + clivers
  • dandelion

 – Stones

  • parsley:  make a tea of dried root 2-3 times a day; fresh parsley as a preventative

– Detoxification

  • dandelion leaf

– Acupressure Points

 

Liver and Blood Problems

– Herbs

  • burdock
  • clivers
  • dandelion
  • rosemary

– detoxification

  • dandelion root
  • nettles
  • clivers

– Acupressure Points

 

Pain Relief

– Herbs

  • chamomile
  • meadowsweet
  • willow bark:  use a low dose of bark tea orally.

– Flower Essences

  • Agrimony
  • Star of Bethlehem

– Acupressure Points

 

Repiratory Problems

  • comfrey
  • dandelion root and foliage
  • licorice (detoxification)
  • thyme

– Acupressure Points

Stomach Problems

– Herbs

Appetite Problems

  • blackberry leaves and fruit
  • caraway
  • raspberry leaves

– Upset Stomach

  • chamomile
  • calendula
  • fennel
  • licorice and comfrey – as a preventative for bloat
  • meadowsweet
  • mint
  • parsley
  • raspberry leaves
  • rosemary stems and leaves
  • thyme

– Flower Essences

  • Crab Apple may help remove gut obstructions, but should not be given in lieu of other treatments.
  • Impatiens may help with gas.
  • Sweet Chestnut may also relieve gas.

– Acupressure Points

 

Tonic

– Herbs

  • apple cider vinegar:  a tablespoon in the water bowl is the usual dosage.
  • dandelion root and foliage
  • blackberry leaves and fruit
  • echinacea to boost the immune system
  • nasturtium  
  • rose hips
  • rosemary

 

Wounds

– Herbs

  • calendula
  • cider vinegar in drinking water
  • comfrey ointment
  • echinacea
  • strawberry leaf compress for rashes, inflamed areas

 

 – inflammation

  • calendula
  • celery seed
  • chamomile lotion
  • chamomile essential oil compress
  • comfrey
  • echinacea
  • elm poultice
  • lavender essential oil compress
  • mint
  • rosemary
  • thyme:  mash and pound leaves and mix with vinegar, apply topically to swellings
  • willow

– Flower Essences

  • Crab Apple
  • Olive
  • Centaury and Oak for convalescence

– Acupressure Points

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