Parasites bad luck for bunnies

By Susan Aiello • Published: May 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Superstitious people rub a rabbit’s foot for good luck. But it’s bad luck all around when rabbit feet rub Bunny’s skin raw.

Many things can cause rabbits to itch, but parasites are among the most common. Like dogs and cats, rabbits can become infested with fleas or tiny mites. Fleas cause itching as well as blood loss. Bad infestations can even lead to anemia. Mites can inhabit the ears or the entire hair coat, leading to intense itching, redness and loss of fur.

Fortunately, treatment of these pesky parasites is easily handled with topical medications or insecticide injections. Just don’t apply anything on or in your furry friend unless it’s been prescribed by a veterinarian.

So keep your bunny free of itchy parasites, and keep those rabbit feet where they belong — hopping around in the garden after some tasty carrot tops.