By Candi Amundson, CVT
Veterinary Information Specialist at Pet Poison Helpline
Rabbits are wonderful companion pets and are becoming more prevalent among households. Many bunnies are litter box trained and have access to the entire house. They are curious by nature and may find many items in your household to explore. These are a few items to remember to keep away from your bunny.
- Electrical cords, phone charger cords, computer cords:
Keep cords hidden or put away so your rabbit does not have access. Chewing on electrical cords can cause oral/skin burns and injuries.
While many healthy foods (leafy greens/lettuce/fresh veggies & fruits) are essential to your rabbit’s diet, there are a few foods to avoid.
- Grapes/Raisins: There is limited information at this time, however to be precautious it is best to avoid giving to your bunny for the potential of affect on the kidneys.
- Onions/Garlic: Rabbits are much smaller than some dogs/cats and a very small amount of either food could cause anemia (affect the red blood cells).
- Chocolate/Candy: These foods can disrupt the sensitive digestive tract of your Rabbit. During this time of year it is easy to drop crumbs of cookies, cakes, or chocolate. Your rabbit may develop diarrhea, painful abdomen, or affect on the heart or central nervous system if large amounts are ingested.
- Human Medications:
As a general rule: Always keep prescription medications locked up. Try to take your medications in a room away from your bunny. If you drop a pill on the floor, chances are they could find a missing tablet before you!
- Topical Flea & Tick Preparations:
Always check with your Veterinarian prior to applying any topical flea & tick product. Specifically avoid any product containing Fipronil. Oral or dermal application can cause life threatening symptoms including: trouble walking, muscle tremors, and seizures.
As always; if you are concerned or unsure if your rabbit has been exposed to a potential toxin, please call Pet Poison Helpline 1-800-213-6680 immediately. We are available 24/7 and all holidays to help you and your pet. Happy Holidays!