Despite our countless efforts to keep our bunnies safe and sound, accidents happen. Illnesses invade, and our furry family members may consume plants, chemicals, or inedible, life threatening objects.
When these moments do arise, it's important that we as small pet parents are prepared to respond to our rabbits needs immediately. If you think your rabbit is poisoned, please take them to the vet immediately. If you are unsure, there are several poison hotlines that can assist you.
Knowing When to Take Your Rabbit to the Emergency Room
Knowing the indications of a poisoned rabbit is the first step to ensuring their safety against poisonous substances. Some key indicators of a poisoned rabbit include:
Change in body temperature (increase or decrease)
Loss of appetite
Depression or inactivity
Click here to see a list of more signs and symptoms of rabbit poisoning.
Because rabbits are prey animals, they will instinctively hide any physical signs of sickness or ailment. The purpose of this is to hide any signs of weakness from potential predators. However, if we pay close attention to things such as our bun’s activity level, saliva production, and teeth sensitivity when they are healthy, we are more likely to notice when something is wrong.
Call a Poison Control Hotline
If you suspect your rabbit is poisoned but are unsure, please call one of the following hotline numbers.
Contact the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center for any animal poison-related emergency. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA immediately. They are available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you have.
Pets they can help with: All pets and animals
Phone: 1-888-426-4435 (a consultation fee may apply)
The Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean for pet parents and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. Hotline staff are available to help with every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24-hours a day. The Pet Poison Helpline states they are, “an independent, nationally recognized, triple licensed animal poison control center providing unmatched professional leadership and expertise. With availability in multiple veterinary specialties and an extensive data base of household and commercial products, we save pet’s lives."
When you call one of our staff experts, a $59 USD per incident fee applies. All follow-up consultations are included.
Pets they can help with: All pets
Phone: 1-855-764-7661 ($59.00 per incident fee)
Hotline hours: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
[The above contact information was provided from each company's website on January 24, 2020. Telephone numbers and prices are subject to change.]
On behalf of Rabbit Hole Hay, we thank you for taking the time and initiative to keep your rabbit safe. Keep these numbers easily accessible so you can be prepared when these accidents occur.
Rabbit safety is important, no matter if this is your first rabbit or your 15th rabbit make sure that you have a first aid kit available. While not all pet owners end up using their first aid kit, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Download our Rabbit Starter Kit: Beginner's Guide to Rabbit Care and you'll find a list of items to place inside your Rabbit First Aid Kit and symptoms to watch out for!