If you want to look after the long-term health and wellbeing of your rabbit and your family, it is vital that you routinely use proven, preventative treatments against the most common parasites throughout your pet’s life. Remember that prevention is much easier and cost effective than cure.
Fleas are one of the most common external parasites in pets and are also often the cause of many skin problems. Although you may only see fleas on your pet when you look carefully, they are continually shedding eggs in your home and can lead to a home flea infestation. Flea bites to you and your family can be costly and complicated to treat. In fact, an adult flea can stay in its cocoon for up to six months before it emerges.
Although small, fleas can make your pet miserable and itchy. Once on your rabbit, fleas can bite every 5 minutes leaving your pet itchy and uncomfortable. You only need to bring one flea inside your home to start an infestation. A single female flea can produce enough eggs to quickly escalate the problem the a full-blown infestation in your home.
Fleas live on a variety of animals such rabbits and hedgehogs, as well as cats and dogs. When your pet is outdoors, fleas from the eggs left behind by other animals can jump on your pet. Once on your pet, they feed on his or her blood and start laying eggs.
Treating your pet with our vet recommended treatment plan will effectively kill fleas and disrupt their life cycle.
There are various worms that can infect your pets, and they can pose a risk to your family. Worms that target pets include roundworms, hookworms, lungworms, and tapeworms, and they are prolific across the United Kingdom. Some types of worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then passed in the rabbit’s faeces and spread throughout their hutch as well as your living environment through contact.
Your family can accidentally ingest worm eggs that have been passed through your pet’s faeces. The eggs can then hatch in your intestinal tract, and the worms can travel to various tissues in the body, including the eyes and brain, potentially causing serious infections.
Worms are a year-round threat. The best and often only way to keep your pet and family safe is through proactive actions to get the best products. Lungworm, which is passed on by slugs and snails, is potentially fatal and many over the counter products do not tackle this worrying parasite.
Please be aware that many products available elsewhere other than sold at Eastcott Vets may be ineffective at treating all the species of worms and fleas your rabbit could get. There are many different types of worming treatments available for your pet including tablets, liquids, granules and spot-ons.
Hazards in our local community
Fleas, worms, and other parasites can be picked up in grassy areas like gardens, as well as patios if there's any chance of weeds or other plants sprouting between the slabs.
These grassy areas are a breeding ground for parasites, especially in the warmer months. As a pet owner, this is the time when you're most likely to want to let your rabbit out in their run. And, you probably don't want to limit your rabbit's exercise and stop them from having the chance to run around outside in the sun. So, what do you do?
Don’t live in fear of parasites like fleas and worms, Eastcott Vets help hundreds of pet owners just like yourself have a parasite-free summer every year. Not only will you save money in veterinary fees, but you will give your rabbit the quality of life they deserve.
Flea Treatments for Rabbits at Eastcott Vets
If you're looking for flea treatment for your rabbit get in touch with Eastcott Vets today. Or, consider our Pet Health for Life plan, which covers these treatments within your monthly payments, as well as annual vaccinations and a variety of other services.