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How Do Rabbits Catch Fleas?
Rabbits can catch fleas just as cats and dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’S
Can rabbits catch fleas? The simple answer is yes.
What is a flea? A tiny insect that lives off of the blood of a host, such as a rabbit. They jump on rabbits and other pets such as dogs and cats and continue to live on them, in their fur, whilst feeding off their blood.
How do I know my rabbit has fleas? There are signs –
- Persistent and excessive itching and biting themselves
- Excessive licking
- Visible bite marks
- Bald scaly patches of skin
- Visible signs of tiny fleas in coats or on skin
- Sometimes other symptoms appearing
Some rabbits may not show symptoms, so regular checks, combing out their coats are important.
When do they occur? They are more common in some climates and seasons, but fleas occur all year round, particularly jumping between pets, such as dogs and cats. Outdoor rabbits are less prone due to less contact with other pets.
What should I do? If you’re a new pet owner then it is best to get this checked immediately by a veterinarian.
They will establish if they are just fleas, or other insects, by doing a physical examination by flea combing and analyse what other parasites are present such as skin mites. They will want to determine whether your pet is suffering from other allergic reactions and whether ear mites are present.
Young rabbits, in particular, can suffer from anaemia, partly caused by the fleas sucking of blood, and vets will organise routine blood tests for analysis.
Can I buy flea treatments? If a new rabbit owner and the first occasion then it’s advisable to visit your veterinarian who will give you guidelines and possible products that they use as there is no product particularly manufactured for the rabbit market.
As usual, always read the information on the packet carefully before using.
Should I use a rabbit flea collar? Avoid buying rabbit flea collars as these are unsafe, can cause the rabbit accidents and the collar can cause reactions with the skin, going as far as causing burns.
Do not give your pet rabbit a flea dip bath as this is deadly and cause them distress.
If I have a rabbit with fleas should I treat my other pets? Yes, it’s important to flea your pets regularly and at the same time, but using treatments specially prepared for a cat or dog.
How often do I need to flea my rabbit? If you have a pet household, then it is likely that you are fleeing those pets possibly monthly already, so it’s advisable to make sure your rabbit is treated at the same time. The treatments you use can vary the time that those companies suggest between treatments from a month to sometimes up to three month’s, so it’s always important to read carefully the instructions before commencing treatments.
Does my rabbit insurance pay for treatments? The answer most certainly is ‘no.’ Insurance companies expect their customers to keep up routine treatments with all their pets. Check your policy if in doubt.
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