By: Jennifer Habernal
Snowpea, a spayed female Florida White entered into foster care with the Missouri House Rabbit Society on a Sunday afternoon. The following Thursday, she went into head tilt. The information contained on this page is information that Snowpea’s caretaker has learned in the short time Snowpea has had head tilt. Thru lots of trials and errors, Snowpea’s caretaker has learned some very valuable information on caring for a head tilt rabbit. Like all our rabbit companions, head tilt rabbits have just as much love to give, and so much to teach us. With Snowpea’s assistance, that learning process has begun for one caregiver, we hope that you will learn from Snowpea as well.
*Please note that no medication names or dosages are given in this information, you and your veterinarian will need to decide together what medications and/or treatments your head tilt rabbit should be on
Puppy Pad washable liner
During the first 5 days of Snowpea’s head tilt, she was rolling uncontrollably, so she lived in a laundry basket, which had a towel on the bottom, then on top of the towel was purchased a “Puppy Pad” which is a washable liner used for puppies as they are learning to be house trained. You can purchase these pads at Petsmart, the small size, shown here costs approx. $20 The dimension of this pad is approx. 2′ wide x 18″ deep. The puppy pad is used to help soak up urine and help keep Snowpea dry and comfortable. On top of the puppy pad, was put another towel, then towels rolled up and placed around the perimeter of the basket. This kept Snowpea safe in case she rolled, and also enough room for her caretaker to place some food in the basket with her.
Snowpea thrived with excellent medical care from a rabbit savy veterinarian (for a list of veterinarians in the Kansas City area, click here). Within 10 days of Snowpea being on the right medicine, both traditional medicine and herbal, Snowpea’s head tilt had almost completely gone away. Unfortunately, Snowpea relapsed back into head tilt and is currently still in need of constant care.