Lactic acid, contrary to stereotypes associated with the name of the drug, is a wonderful antiseptic and is used in veterinary medicine not only as a disinfectant, but also as a medicine for treating other diseases of pets.
In the case of rabbits, this substance with the right dosage can help with many ailments – we will consider the features of its use in the article.
What is lactic acid for rabbits for?
Even a brief description of the substance allows us to verify its usefulness for animals:
- color – yellowish white (milk color);
- smell – subtle sour;
- the taste is sour;
- consistency – density at the level of syrup;
- danger – the substance is not toxic;
- main properties are solubility in water, oil, glycerin and alcohol.
- helps in the processing of roughage and prevents stomach problems;
- positively affects digestion processes;
- fights pathogenic microbes in the digestive tract;
- relieves spasms in the sphincters of the gastrointestinal system;
- strengthens the immune system, regulates metabolism and reduces the acute effect of gastrointestinal tract disorders – gastritis, colitis, flatulence, etc.
How to dilute: instructions, dosage
Rabbit breeders use the substance in two ways – internal and external. Using this universal remedy, you can treat and stimulate the digestive system of animals, lubricate wounds on the skin, add it to the composition for cleaning aviaries and disinfect equipment. Consider its use for indoor and outdoor use in more detail.
Lactic acid is often used for bloating in rabbits. With a disease of coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, gastritis or enteritis, lactic acid is added to rabbits daily in a drinking bowl, diluting it in water – per individual, 4-7.5 ml of a solution of 2% or 3-5 ml of a solution of 3 % Such solutions have a beneficial effect on the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract during flatulence or bloating.
Farmers often use lactic acid to prevent coccidiosis in young rabbits (under the age of 45 days). Two tablespoons of the drug are diluted in 10 liters of water, which is distributed to drinkers for babies.
If we talk about prevention, it will not be superfluous for adult rabbits, which can be given acid to have beneficial effects on the intestinal microflora and relax sphincters – both gastric and intestinal.
The use of lactic acid leads to such positive changes in the body of the animal:
- removes toxins and prevents their formation;
- counteracts harmful microflora;
- reduces the accumulation of organic decomposition products;
- calms the animal, which then begins to build muscle mass;
- It is an excellent prevention of infectious and parasitic diseases.
Lactic acid is a good antiseptic that can fight skin infections and the effects of traumatic injuries.
Depending on the percentage in solution, the drug may have a different therapeutic effect:
- 10% – keratolytic (softening the skin with dermatoses, warts and calluses);
- 15-30% – antiseptic (disinfection of neoplasms, injuries and keratinization);
- 20–40% – cauterizing (for mucous surfaces and skin).
A lactic acid solution is used to treat ulcerative skin lesions. In addition to disinfecting properties, the substance is a good preservative.
The equipment used to care for rabbits, as well as the enclosures for their maintenance, must be treated with a solution of lactic acid. The drug is sprayed onto feeders, auxiliary tools, floors and walls of the room in which the rabbits are kept. Half an hour after disinfection, the room is ventilated, and the remaining substance is washed off with water.
Disinfection is usually carried out in two ways – for large farms, spraying the product through humidifiers is more suitable, and for small rooms with aviaries, artisanal methods can be used. In the first case, a 20% solution of lactic acid is placed in air humidifiers that evenly spray the drug indoors. The second method involves heating the substance to a gaseous form and spreading this evaporated mass through conventional fans.
The undoubted advantage of both methods of disinfection is that it does not need to remove animals from enclosures. In addition, part of the drug will be absorbed by rabbits through the respiratory system, which will also beneficially affect their health.
There are practically no contraindications to the use of the drug, because it is a natural product that does not even cause an allergic reaction. Negative consequences can occur only in rare cases with individual intolerance. Subject to the conditions described in the instructions, including when following the dosage recommendations, no side effects from the use of the drug were observed.
There are several cases when rabbits should not be given lactic acid, because this can affect the effect of treating some serious diseases:
- acute period of gastritis;
- wet ulcerative formations;
- renal failure;
- increased acidity of the body.
Using the drug does not reduce the quality of the meat of animals, so they can be slaughtered at any stage and dosage. The absence of a quarantine period for taking the drug guarantees the absence of its effect on the taste of meat.
A sealed bottle with lactic acid can be stored for 10 years. Moreover, the temperature regime of storage can be in the range from –30 to 45 ° С. Although this drug does not have significant side effects and overdose effects, it should be kept on the general basis of storing medical supplies – out of the reach of children and animals.
Farmers are not always able to appreciate the effect of lactic acid on the body of their pets. And this applies not only to rabbits – with the help of this tool you can carry out treatment or prevention even in large livestock farms, without significant costs for other medicines.