Fleas and Rabbits

As with any animal, fleas can pose a problem to our domestic rabbits. It’s really important to be able to identify and treat any flea infestations in order to prevent any secondary infections or skin conditions. Equally importantly is the risk of spreading fatal diseases such as Myxomatosis or Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD).

The rabbit flea is known as the Spillopsyllus cuniculi, however, rabbits can also become infested by cat and dog fleas.

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Symptoms

  • Excessive licking
  • Excessive scratching
  • Chewing themselves
  • Self barbering
  • Self mutilation
  • Hair loss
  • Visible bite marks
  • Evidence of flea faeces when the fur is parted
  • Secondary infections

Causes

Fleas can be a plague to any owner of any pet. During the summer months fleas are more prevalent, however, rabbits can be infected all year round.

Treatment

 Seek advice from a rabbit savvy vet.

  • Various treatments are available to treat infestations, including spot on treatments etc.
  • Full, deep clean of the accommodation and areas where the rabbit has access to, in order to limit the chance of re-infestation.

Only use flea treatments for the animal it is intended for to avoid overdosing

Management

Regular flea treatments as directed by the manufacturers is essential to help minimise the chances of flea infestations.

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