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, is it important that we as 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 animal 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.
1. ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
About: 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. There is a $65.00 consultation fee, but no charge when the call involves a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service.
- Animal Poison Control FAQ: www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/animal- poison-control-faq
- More Animal Poison Resources: www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
Pets they can help with: All pets and animals
Phone: 1-888-426-4435 ($65.00 consultation fee) then call 1-888-299-2973 for no additional charge follow-up calls.
Hotline hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
2. Pet Poison Helpline
About: 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, “Our knowledge and expertise of pet poisons will put your mind at ease when dealing with a potential emergency.”
Pets they can help with: All pets
Phone: 1-855-764-7661 ($49.00 per incident includes initial consultation and follow-up calls)
Hotline hours: 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
[The following contact numbers were provided by onegreenplanet.org on March 29, 2016. 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.