Oregano is one of my favorite herbs to have.
Because one, I can cook with what I don’t use in the rabbitry. And two, it is a stronger antibiotic then some prescription antibiotics. So if you need something kicked out fast. Go for the oregano.
Keep in mind I am not a veterinarian. I am sharing my own learning about the herb and also how I have used it myself with my own animals.
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Oregano is a great herb for any level of experience with herbs. It is easy to grow and has strong healing properties. Just make sure to check the growing section before you go plant this herb were you may not want it.
Here are the most common uses for the herb.
You can feed the herb to your rabbits if they have an upper respiratory infection. You will be able to hear rattling when the animal is breathing if this is the case. I would still make sure to remove the animal from the same location as your other rabbits to avoid spreading. Even if they did not get it from traveling.
Sometimes the fluctuation of the weather can cause rabbits to essentially “get a cold.”
How To Use Oregano With Your Animals
Oregano has high amounts of antibacterial properties which would be extremely helpful in emergencies. The herb can be given internally, dried, or fresh. I like to keep some fresh and dry what is left in the fall to have some through the winter.
It can also be made into a poultice or tea at the first sign of infection which works great if you are trying to heal a wound. But for rabbits you will see the best results and have the easiest time trying to feed it to them fresh.
Oregano has antispasmodic properties that aid in calming animals who have a fear of something such as car rides or other objects. It would also be helpful to calm a coughing spasm. However, I do like lavender for this type of issue instead.
The herb also expels internal parasites and is a natural insect repellent.
You can use the oils but be sure to dilute the oil before using it.
Make sure you don’t put the herb in to hot of water or in any other preparation you are making. The extreme heat will take out most of the beneficial property.
How Much To Feed
If you know your rabbit has some kind of infection you are trying to get rid of quickly then try to get the rabbit to eat at least 5 inches (or one tablespoon) of the fresh herb per 5 pounds of weight.
Then keep feeding the same amount one to two times per day until you see a difference.
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Oregano is a perennial and VERY easy to grow so make sure you want it where to plant it. Even a small sprig of roots will come back into a plant if given the chance. Oregano does well in all light settings and grows like a ground cover. Meaning it will grow up and once it hits 12″ or so it will fall over and start to root itself from that fallen sprout.
Risk Warnings: Should be used with caution in pregnant animals.
Where To Buy Oregano
You can buy the dried herb for a reasonable price on Amazon if you don’t want to grow it yourself. If you keep the herb in an airtight container it will keep for at least a year.
Don’t be afraid of trying the herbs you hear of often. It is really hard to mess up or cause harm to your rabbits with these simple herbs . Just make sure to not feed any herbs to pregnant or nursing does.