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What is Poisoning ?

Unlike most other animals, rabbits are unable to regurgitate or vomit. Therefore, rabbits are not able to rid their bodies of poison. In addition,  rabbits can also recycle poison and toxic compounds through their digestive systems because they're caecotrophic. 

Exposure to inappropriate foods (such as garlic, onions, chocolate, and grapes), dangerous household products (cleaning supplies, antifreeze, detergents), plants, and medications may allow for your pet to accidentally ingest, inhale or have contact with a harmful substance. Mild to severe symptoms may result due to poisoning; signs of toxicity may not be immediately apparent. If you suspect your pet has experienced a toxic exposure, a veterinarian visit is essential.

Poisoning in rabbits can occur when your pet is exposed to toxic compounds such as those found in insecticides, flea collars, household cleaners, and medications.

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Symptoms of Poisoning in Rabbits

Depending on how long the poisonous compound has been present in your rabbit’s system, the severity of the symptoms, and the present age and health condition of your rabbit, the resulting toxicity will range from mild to severe.

  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Bleeding externally or internally
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • Elevated or low body temperature
  • Hunched posture
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Lack of appetite for food or water
  • Lethargy
  • Mouth irritation
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Weakness
  • Death

Causes of Poisoning in Rabbits

Application 

  • Flea control products
  • Highly concentrated ointments and sprays
  • Indoor and outdoor insecticides and pesticides

Ingestion

  • Anticoagulant mice and rat poisons
  • Automotive products
  • Household products
  • Herbicides
  • Human food
  • Human medicine
  • Metal
  • Plants
  • Veterinary medicine

Inhalation of certain products may be a cause for toxicity also.

Diagnosis of Poisoning in Rabbits

Once at the veterinarian clinic, let the veterinary team know what symptoms are present as well as whether you have knowledge of exposure to a potential poison or irritant. If you are aware of the product, plant, or medicine for example, that your rabbit companion may have been exposed to, be certain to bring the packaging, medication bottle or plant sample to the clinic in order to aid the veterinary team in the diagnosis.

A physical examination that will allow the veterinarian to rule out other conditions that may present similarly to poisoning. In addition, certain clinical signs may point to poisoning (plant remnants in the mouth or household cleaning product residue on the fur). The veterinarian will also conduct blood tests to see if there are any abnormalities or underlying health conditions, and may perform x-rays to locate any substances or masses in your rabbit's gastrointestinal tract.

Treatment of Poisoning in Rabbits

Many poisoning cases are reversible if they are treated in an aggressive and prompt manner. Treatment will be based on the type of poison affecting your rabbit. Prognosis and recovery ultimately depend on the cause, the severity of your rabbit's condition, and how quickly you responded to your rabbit's symptoms. Your veterinarian will choose to treat your rabbit with one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Activated charcoal will bind poisons in the stomach
  • Artificial respiration will be used if your pet’s breathing is labored
  • Blood transfusions can be required with rodent poison exposure
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Hydration therapy if your rabbit is dehydrated due to vomiting and diarrhea
  • Pain management for stomach ulceration
  • Gastric lavage to eliminate poison
  • Vitamin K in the case of certain toxicities

Recovery of Poisoning in Rabbits

Once your rabbit is cleared to go home from the clinic, he will require at-home monitoring. A quiet place for recovery, and plenty of water must be available. The veterinarian will advise on the recommended diet for the next few days. Some rabbits will need medication if there are lingering gastrointestinal issues.

Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Snowflake
Lionhead
4 Months
Critical condition
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none

My bunny Snowflake passed away 2 days ago from unknown reasons but my best guess is that she may have eaten roach strips that was put in one of the rooms a year ago. It was so sudden, she didn’t show any signs of being sick & suddenly her poop was the size of a dog poop, her blue eyes turned black then back to blue again, she didn’t eat or drink at all & then she died! Do you know what may have caused her to die like this? Because she didn’t show any signs of being weak or sick & then she suddenly passed away!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you think that she had a toxic event, that is possible. Without knowing more about her or being able to examine her, it is very difficult for me to determine her cause of death, but I am very sorry for your loss.

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Binky
Dwarf Lop
2 Years
Serious condition
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Eaten chocolate

My rabbit has just eaten a 5p coin size of milk chocolate. I have tried to call an out of hours vet but they are extremely uhelpful. What Do I need to so to make sure he is ok? Is this lethal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unlike dogs and cat, you cannot make a rabbit vomit; you should give activated charcoal every eight hours but ideally you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian to get a gastric lavage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobby
Lionhead
13 Weeks
Critical condition
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Diarrhea

Hi my rabbit was 13 weeks old and passed away yesterday from unknown causes. We were on holiday and had a pet sitter and nothing was wrong but when we came home she was on the verge of death and died on the journey to the vet. The only symptom was excessive diarrhoea all around the cage, she had lost a lot of weight but was eating completely fine. The only thing we can think of is maybe the hay was moldy? Or could it have been a genetic disease as the vet suspected this may be a possibility?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry for the loss of your Bobby. As his age, parasites and congential diseaes would be prime thoughts for his cause of death. i am sorry, again, for your loss.

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Oreo
Bunny
2 Months
Critical condition
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I found my bunny by some old bed bug killer we laid out by the bed about a year ago i noticed he was chweing at the carpet right by the powder should i take him immediately to the vet hes not showing any sympotoms

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Oreo to a Veterinarian immediately and if you still have the container of the product you should take it with you; there are many different products, some with different active ingredients so it would be useful for the Veterinarian to know what exactly was consumed. You can also try calling the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Nibs
Lionhead
7 Weeks
Critical condition
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Lethargy

Hi my young rabbit recently died, I could only get an autopsy and he was fine physically. My vet said that it was probably a virus that couldn't be vaccinated against that has been going around, since his only symptoms were mild lethargy (he moved around when stimulated by food etc) and possible anemia (the vet noted he looked pale) - these symptoms showed within 24 hours of death. Not knowing for sure, I wanted to know what precautions I should take with possibly contaminated surfaces if it was a virus, and also how to check if it there is anything poisonous in my house in case that was the cause, since I may look to get a new rabbit in a few weeks or months

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Since i am not sure of your rabbit's signs, altough I am sorry that nibs died, it would be best to contact your veterinarian to ask when you are okay to get another rabbit, as some viruses can be long living in the environment,and some are quite benign. I hope that everything goes okay.

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Oreo
Dutch
6 Months
Fair condition
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We had some rat posioning that we forgot about behind our fridge and noticed that are bunny, Oreo, brought it out into the center of the kitchen. We are unsure if it was actually digested or not. This was 24 hours ago and we haven't seen any symptoms yet. Oreo is eating fine and running as normal. I haven't been able to monitor her bathroom use. We gave her a ton of kale for vitamin K and bought high potency multi vitamin drops for her as well. We don't know what to do and don't want to take her to the vet yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It all depends on the type of rat poison ingested, some types are not anticoagulants so vitamin K wouldn’t help; I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a check of prothrombin time (in case of anticoagulant poisoning), take any packaging with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lettuce
Lionhead
3 Years
Fair condition
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Hi my bunny cookie passed away after esscaping into the garden she had no signs of poisioning i am worried about her compaion lettuce my lionhead could she be at risk also she is eating drinking playing normally .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say whether Lettuce is at risk of poisoning or not since we are not aware of the cause of death for Cookie, I would keep a close eye on Lettuce in the meantime and take her into your Veterinarian immediately if you notice any worrying symptoms. I would advise to clean her hutch and change all food and water to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I gave my rabbits approx.10 pcs of grapes tonight, but the female rabbit suddenly became uneasy and bump itself into its cage and with just less than a minute it died instantly. I really do not know what happened. Can somebody pls tell me why.. I am confused a bit traumatized with what happened.Don't want to feed them again with anything except d swamp cabbage.

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