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Common Poisons that can affect Rabbits
If you think your rabbit may have eaten a poison, firstly, remain calm. Remove the source of the poison but keep any packaging (if applicable), as this could be helpful for our vets. Call us as soon as you realise a potential poisoning has occurred and follow advice: remember you can speak to one of our own vets 24/7. Rabbits often do not show symptoms of poisoning until there has been a build up of the poison in their body over time, so sadly once symptoms are shown it may be too late to treat effectively. However they should always be assessed by a vet to avoid unnecessary suffering.
Whilst in the wild rabbits learn which plants are safe to eat from their older warren members, these lessons can be lost in captivity. Most rabbits are cautious about trying new foods, but if it’s green then they are likely to try it! There are a wide variety of plants that are poisonous to rabbits, too many to give detailed explanations of them all here. Find tips below on some of the most common poisons and how to avoid them. Please visit the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund website, with whom we are an accredited Rabbit Friendly Practice, for more information about safe vegetables and herbs to feed your rabbit: https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/rabbit-diet/recommended-vegetables-herbs/.
Treatment may often include medication at home to prevent poison absorption from the intestine and overnight stays in the hospital on a drip.
Common poisons for rabbits include: