The toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline have an important warning for those of you that have a pet rabbit or are considering getting one.

“People often get new bunnies for their families at Easter, so we thought it would be a perfect time to remind pet lovers about the dangers of using dog and cat medications on their rabbit,” said Dr. Renee Schmid, a senior veterinary toxicologist at Pet Poison Helpline in a press release. “For example, a common mistake many rabbit owners make is using dog or cat topical medication on their floppy-eared family member. One chemical commonly used in commercial flea and tick topical medication in the form of sprays and ‘spot-ons’ is fipronil, which is extremely toxic to rabbits. Exposure can result in central nervous system signs including seizures and difficulty walking, as well as loss of appetite. In some cases, the exposure is fatal.”

Pet Poison Helpline created Toxin Tails to educate the veterinary community and pet lovers on the many types of poisoning dangers facing pets, both in and out of the home. All the pets highlighted in Toxin Tails have been successfully treated for the poisoning and fully recovered.

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