I wasn't completely sure where to post this, because essential oils can help with various Rabbit issues and are still being tested clinically for their benefits against various bunny pathogens, bacteria, health issues etc. as well as a natural remedy against fleas, calming a rabbit, etc. I personally have used them for nearly 10 years on colds, wounds, skin irritations, viruses, bacteria, ailments, etc and many other issues in people with fantastic success, so I find it extremely exciting that some of them may be able to be used with Rabbits as well! I should add, though, that for therapeutic uses, only 100% pure (unadulterated) therapeutic-grade essential oils should ever be used either on humans or animals for therapeutics purposes.
M. Simonová, V. Strompfová, M. Marciňáková, M. Haviarová, S. Faix, A. Lauková, Z. Vasilková, I. Salamon
The use of natural antimicrobial substances - additives, such as probiotics, bacteriocins, fatty acids, etc. in rabbit breeding represents a promising way to improve health, welfare as well as meat quality of rabbits. For this reason, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of chamomile essential oil (CEO) on selected microflora, Eimeria
sp. oocysts, biochemical blood parameters and gluthatione-peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity in model in vivo experiment with rabbits. Ten rabbits were divided into experimental (EG) and control groups (CG) of 5 rabbits in each and administered the chamomile essential oil (25 μl/animal/day into drinking water) for 7 days. The experiment lasted for 21 days. At day 7 (at the end of application), reduction of enterococci, staphylococci, E. coli
(including haemolytic E. coli
), Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium
- and Pseudomonas
-like sp. was recorded in comparison to the control group. At the end of the experiment, lower counts of enterococci, haemolytic E. coli
-like sp. were also observed. Serum glucose, calcium and cholesterol increased through the CEO application, while total proteins and lipids were found in lower values than in control animals. The level of GSH-Px was reduced. The CEO administration influenced Eimeria
sp. oocysts in faeces of rabbits; the reduction of oocysts was recorded through the whole experiment, compared to control counts. Concluded from the results, CEO could be used as a new alternative way of disease prevention of bacteriological and protozoological origin in rabbit breeding.