Fostering hares



  • Kepinol/ Bactrim
    "Kepinol" is an antibiotic for children. It is used to treat hares prophylactically against Kokzidiose and is well-tried in fostering hares. As the manufacturer of Kepinol (Dr.R. Pfleger GmbH, D-96045 Bamberg) informed us, the medicine is only available in Germany. A substitute, which is very well-tried in Austria, is named Eusaprim. But since Eusaprim is also not available everywhere, you can use antibiotics that contain the ingredients Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim (also named Co-trimoxazole). An employee of Dr.R. Pfleger GmbH kindly sent us a copy of "Martindale, The complete drug reference, 3rd Edition, 2002" where several other medicines with these ingredients are listed: Bactrim, Cotrim, Bacin, Apo-Sulfatrim, Sulfatrim, Bridotrim, Eduprim, Trimol, Fectrim, Chemotrim. Please note that these medicines are only available on prescription!
    Manufacturer of Kepinol: Dr.R. Pfleger GmbH, D-96045 Bamberg
    WIngredients: Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim (Co-trimoxazole)
    Dosage at a weight of 100 gr.: 2x 0,1 ml per day
    Dosage at a weight of 200 gr.: 2x 0,2 ml per day
    to give during or after the feeding
    Duration of treatment: minimum one week, two weeks recommended
    We would like to thank Dr.R. Pfleger GmbH for the cooperation and the valuable information!

  • Bird Bene Bac
    Bird Bene Bac consists of dry frozen lactic acid bacteria and was originally developed for birds and reptiles, but also works well on rabbits and hares. Antibiotics afflict the gastro-intestinal tract and Bird Bene Bac is meant to counteract this effect.
    Manufacturer: A.Albrecht GmbH + Co. KG, 88326 Aulendorf
    Ingredients: dry frozen lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus)
    Dosage: 0,3 gr. per day (one tube in three days)

  • Sab Simplex
    Sab Simplex is a medicine from human medicine against flatulences. Sab Simplex destroys tenacious slime with gas bubbles in gut that gas can escape. It works well on human babies too.
    Manufacturer: PARKE- DAVIS GmbH, D-76139 Karlsruhe
    Ingredients: Dimeticon 350- Siliciumdioxid
    Dosage: 0,05 ml per day, in severe cases 0,1 ml per feeding

  • Thilocanfol ointment for the eyes
    Children as well as hares can suffer from a bunged tear duct. The tear duct connects the eye socket with the throat and allows the lacrymal liquid to drain off. A bunged tear duct causes an infection of the eye that needs to be treated, in the case of our first hare we treated it with Thilocanfol. Normally the tear duct opens when the skull grows but sometimes it may be necessary to douche it, that should be made by a vet!
    Manufcturer: Dr. Thilo & Co. GmbH
    Ingredients: Chloramphenicol
    Dosage: when required bring in one portion of ointment of the size of a pinhead into the front ankle of the eye (max. two times per day)

  • At the vet
    Our vet treated our first hare with Luminal, a medicine to counteract the effects of a shock or cerebral concussion. The hare was very quiet, almost apathetic, for two days but it was still capable of eating and its condition increased afterwards. Please contact your vet if the hare suffers from a severe illness.

Hare, after the feeding