How to Treat Fleas in Pet Rabbits

Rabbits are quite sensitive- when it comes to pest infestations, and such blood-sucking pests like fleas can significantly affect their performance and growth. In fact, there’s just no how your bunnies would be flea-infested, that it wouldn’t tell on their liveliness and vigor. Hence, if you really care about your pet rabbits, then you should try to ensure that every measure is taken against flea infestations. However, if they’re already sucking your rabbits dry, then this article would help you find the best ways of eliminating them.

Know that there are a number of things that fleas can do to your pet bunnies, so you may need to act fast. For instance, did you know that fleas can also serve as disease vectors for your rabbits? Yes, they can; and as against what many people seem to think- that it’s just the animal’s blood that is being sucked. Fleas are a dreaded pest for rabbits because they have the tendencies to carry disease-causing pathogens that may be transmitted to the pets- upon blood feeding. Thus, asides the fact that they’re pushing your bunnies to become anemic- from unrestrained blood loss, they’re also exposing them to infections and diseases. This is why rabbit care experts would take flea infestation to be some matter of urgency, because if fleas are not quickly checked, they may, in fact, be the primary cause of death in the rabbit.

Now, there are a number of ways by which your pet rabbit may have become infected. Usually, if there are other pets in the house, then you need to scrutinize and see which of them has the pest and which of them is free of it. Consequently, you may need to quarantine or separate the animals from coming in close contact with themselves, after which you necessarily need to invite the veterinarian to proffer the best solution. At this point, you may also need to keep the rabbits indoors- especially if they were used to roaming about in the field or at the neighborhood. However, note that all these are just preliminary measures towards treating the infestation. The treatment of fleas in your pet rabbits should be holistic, and shouldn’t be carried out without the inputs of a qualified veterinarian.

Simple but effective therapy steps for flea treatment in pet rabbits

Once you’ve established that your pet rabbits have become host to fleas, the next thing to do is to adopt therapeutic processes that would remove the pest. You may even use some of these procedures from time to time- as a preventive measure against the attack. The following are some of the steps to carrying out effective flea treatments for pet rabbits:

   Make use of a flea comb for manual removal of fleas

The flea comb is a specially designed comb with closely arranged prongs, which are able to gather flea parasites, as well as their leftovers and wastes. In the instance that you’re able to detect the infestation on time, this approach may prove effective in drastically removing the pest.

In order to make its use effective, slate down a timetable schedule for grooming the rabbit. This may be two or three times a day- depending on how much infestation there is, or depending on how your own schedules look like.

However, remember that this is just a temporary treatment measure, as you need to ultimately visit the veterinary clinic for proper treatments. Again, it is most important that any other harboring hosts of the flea- such as house cats and dogs, are also aptly treated.

   You may apply a flea removing spray or powder to the rabbit’s fur

Depending on what recommendations you’ve gotten from your veterinary doctor, some certain fur spray and powders would do just fine for flea pest removal. Their purpose is to make the furs become chemically imbalance for the survival of both the adult fleas, as well as their eggs.

When adopting this method of flea treatment and control on your bunnies, ensure that you carry out the treatment routine according to the veterinarian’s specifications, so as to obtain the best results. Make sure the powder or spray are added regularly, so as not to leave any gap for flea recovery and re-infestation.

Again, since flea control and removal cannot be complete without a holistic approach, make sure that all other pets within the home, are also made to go through the same treatment procedures. Nowadays, there are now herbal spray remedies that can be used, such as the combination of vinegar, water, and lemon extracts, to form a spray-able material that has reasonably shown effects in previous users.

   Carry out thorough cleaning and dis-infestation of the environment in the home

Note that as your flea infested rabbits run around the house, they’re also helping to transport and spread the pests from their body, to everywhere within their movement jurisdiction. Consequently, flea adults and eggs would always fall off their bodies unto such places like the rug, table, cushions, etcetera. If those places are left unattended to, then your supposed pet dis-infestation would only amount to waste, because sooner or later, the pest would still find their way onto their original hosts.

The ideal thing to do is to carry out a simultaneous cleaning and removal of fleas from the environment-even at the stage when the host pet’s treatments are ongoing. You may apply flea-killing chemicals to rug, tables, and every other place where the rabbits have regular or occasioned access to.

Note that this activity must equally be thorough and lengthy enough since flea eggs are able to stay unmatched for up to a month. Surface treatments must be long enough in duration, so as to ensure that all laid eggs have been hatched and the product insects destroyed.

   Application of topical flea treatment medications

There are a number of flea treatment medications, that do not require too much lengthy procedures and processes, as you may have in fur spraying. However, they both follow a fundamental chemical control design, which is the reason for their function and use similarities. In topical flea treatment application, you simply apply the solution or treatment to the rabbit fur, and then rub it through the layers till it goes through the rabbit’s body, to the bottom.

Some of the most recommended topical treatment solutions in use are Advantage™, the Program™, etcetera. Now, although these pest control medications would most likely work, remember that rabbits are more delicate of all the home pest, hence you need to essentially seek the advice and support of the veterinary expert. You should see the veterinary doctor, because his recommendations are made based on professional analysis of the condition, together with accompanying factors that may not have even been recognized all by home.

   Use of diatomaceous fossil earth materials on rabbit’s fur

The judicious use of diatomaceous fossil materials in flea control on your pet rabbit is also a viable treatment solution to adopt. These materials when used on the rabbit’s fur helps in substantially dehydrating the flea pest- hence killing them.

You may get the fossil materials from the veterinary store but only use this, if the veterinary doctor okays it for your own pet rabbit.

Precautions, safety measures and general tips in flea control, for your rabbit pet

 

When carrying out flea removal treatments for your rabbit pet, precaution and safety should be forefront priority that you must also put in place for the sake of the animal. This would help them do well during the treatment phase, as well as the post-treatment period- without being exposed to other harmful situations.

Firstly, when deciding on what flea treatment option to go for, it is important to carefully weigh all the available options, so as to know and choose the least hazardous control routine. While it may be true that every chemical control materials has its own disadvantages, the recommended ones have been so recommended because they show lesser irritation or harm to the rabbit fur, skin, and health. The reason why there has been an emphasis on consulting a veterinary doctor, is so as to analyze every component in a control chemical, before subsequently declaring it safe for the rabbit’s body (or not).

In addition, there is another germane tip that relates to it, and which you mustn’t forget when treating your pet rabbit’s fur. Pet rabbits groom themselves using their mouth and running it all through their body. Consequently, they may lick off harmful chemicals on their furs- if you’ve used one. Thus, in order to prevent this from happening, use only food grade control chemicals, or make sure to thoroughly wash off the control sprays or powders, before leaving the rabbits to go on its own- unmonitored. Such products like the Sentinel™ and the Frontal™flea treatments are a total no-go-area for rabbit flea grooming, so don’t even think about them. The reason for this is because they cause abnormal effects on the rabbits some of which have turned up fatal.

As much as possible, all removed fleas must be destroyed immediately. For instance, when using the flea comb, get a bowl or container of soapy water or alcohol- in which you’ll sink in every flea or their particles that get attached.

Regular practices that could prevent flea infestation on your pet rabbit

If you want to prevent flea infestation so that it does not happen at all, then there are proactive steps to take toward achieving that. For most times, when the practices are religiously carried out, chances of flea infestation on your pet rabbit would significantly fall.

Fleas have a relatively reasonable reproductive rate and would hatch their eggs from after 14 days, and upwards. In view of this, you may carry out a routine de-infestation of pet furs and clothing on a planned schedule- maybe the first would come in two weeks, while the next after it would be in three weeks, and so on. This means that before many flea eggs hatch and the adults proliferate, you’re already taking them off in batches.

Also, the pet rabbit’s movements must be monitored and restricted. After every outing, do well to inspect the bunny’s furs, ear, and nose parts etcetera. Such inspection would help you see a flea attack on the rabbit- right from the intended onset of it. Although rabbits react to baths, you shouldn’t let this be a reason for not giving them a bath in a long time. Try to visit the veterinary clinic on a regular basis, and don’t just take anything for granted, once you begin to see funny or suggestive behaviors in the rabbit.

Regular cleaning of home furniture and fittings is a valid way of preventing flea infestations. When you do this, make sure to burn off or dispose of wastes at distances far away from the home. If wastes are left at proximity to the house, rabbits may eventually find their way there, and the whole infestation circle begins again.

Related Questions

Below, are a few questions relating to flea infestations in rabbit, and their treatment:

   How do I know if my pet bunny has a flea infestation?

On the onset of infestation by fleas, a rabbit would still look very fine and healthy, and this is why many owners tend not to know at this stage. However, as the flea load on the rabbit increases, it begins to react to their sucking activities by itching, biting on its body, and perpetual self-grooming. Try to observe for these actions, or for red spots that may appear on the rabbit’s body. However, if you carry out regular body checks on your rabbit, then it shouldn’t be so difficult to know.

   What are the symptoms for flea infestation in rabbits?

Although, in the long run, flea infestations may make a rabbit look pale- from excess blood loss, there is no particular symptom by which you can readily identify flea infestation. The only method of detecting is more of a physical body examination.

However, since flea attacks create an opening for other infections, you may begin to see distinct symptoms when a disease arise. For instance, resultant infections like myxomatosis is characterized by swelling and discharge around the ocular.

Generally, the earlier you’re able to detect a flea infestation in your pet rabbit, the better. It seems way easy to curtailing their effects when the infestation is still at the early stages than at that point when it has gone way advanced.

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