Over the past few years, interest in rabbit breeding has resumed. Every self-respecting summer resident starts at least a couple of rabbits whom space allows – they equip entire rabbit farms with multi-tiered cages, walking and self-cleaning systems. Rabbits are quite unpretentious, and if they are provided with high-quality conditions and good nutrition, they grow quite quickly and give a good offspring. For the prevention of diseases and the treatment of diseases, lactic acid for rabbits is often used.
Lactic acid for rabbits
What lactic acid is made of
It is almost impossible to find it in fresh milk, but if it is fermented, then it will be quite easy to detect lactic acid. It is formed during the nutrition of lactobacilli, with the help of which they make yogurt, kefir, yogurt and not only. In humans and animals, this substance is also formed by the breakdown of glucose. But for the industrial production of lactic acid, fermentation of various sugar-containing raw materials using lactobacilli is used, which is a completely natural and natural biological process.
That is why lactic acid is considered a biologically safe and completely natural substance, which is widely used in cosmetology, medicine, food production, veterinary medicine and animal husbandry.
In rabbit farming, lactic acid is used due to its excellent antimicrobial properties. This product is widely used to treat feed against mold and mildew. How is a disinfectant used for external treatment of animals and cells. In addition, this substance has a beneficial effect on the digestion of animals, preventing the appearance of bloating during feeding with roughage. Also, veterinarians note a positive effect of lactic acid on the sexual activity of rabbits.
Release form and dosage
How to ensure a healthy life for rabbits? This is great if your livestock is periodically examined by a veterinarian. He will develop a rabbit disease prevention plan and recommend a treatment schedule for the cells and rooms where the animals are kept. Such a schedule is usually a table that indicates what and how to process, to what concentration the drug can be diluted, the method of treatment, the dose of the drug and the multiplicity (how many times a day).
Lactic acid is available in various packaging and concentrations. It is found both in liquid form and in powder form. In veterinary medicine and animal husbandry, it is more convenient to use ready-made solutions, they are easier to breed to the desired concentration. For disinfection of premises, solutions of a higher concentration are used, for internal use and processing of feeds – less concentrated.
Lactic acid is a weak acid with low toxicity and it is believed that exceeding the dosage up to 8 times does no harm. Despite this, if you yourself are going to give rabbits lactic acid, then for dosage, strictly follow the instructions attached to the drug.
When and how to apply
To disinfect the premises, a finely divided aerosol of a solution of 40% lactic acid is used, which is prepared in accordance with the instructions for use. As a rule, to prepare a working solution, a dosage of 2 tbsp. l lactic acid per 10 liters of water.
It is advisable to clean the cells from debris and wash before disinfection. It is also recommended to carry out such a disinfection before scenting and after the young are deposited. Often, farmers treat the cells with an aerosol without removing the rabbits from them, claiming that they get a “2 in 1”: both disinfection and prevention of respiratory diseases.
For the preventive treatment of feed, lactic acid is recommended to be used in the form of a 4% solution in a dose of 0.5 ml of solution per 1 kg of feed. High-quality and safe feeds help prevent bloating (tympanum), diarrhea and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract of rabbits.