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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Frontline = very bad idea for bunnies
Last Post by Sarita at 6/25/2013 5:18 AM (49 Replies)
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User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/27/2012 10:04 AM

I feel so stupid. I bought a bunny and took him home a couple weeks ago. I found that my cat had fleas a few days ago. I was surprised because he is an indoor cat. So I bought frontline for my cat and used it on him.. I started searching the bunny for fleas and found a couple so I went online and found a site that told me to use frontline on the bunny but in small amounts. So being the idiot that I am I went ahead and put it on him. I thought I was doing the right thing. I was very wrong!!!! I noticed almost immediately he stopped eating and pooping.. I then started researching frontline more and found out just how bad it is for bunnies! I took him in to the vet and they told me to wash him with dawn dish soap to get the rest of the frontline off him. So I did and he seemed to be improving.. He started eating a little that night. The next morning I noticed he wasnt eating anymore and he still hasnt pooped. So I picked him up and then in my arms he had his first seizure that I am aware of. It was the scariest thing I have ever seen. I took him back to the vet immediately and he has been there since yesterday afternoon.. they have him hooked up to all these tubes and are feeding him and he has a collar on to prevent him from chewing through the tubes.. He had another seizure yesterday and a mild one thismorning.. I just got back from visiting him and during my visit he had another seizure!! They tell me they think he will be ok. but I am so afraid. I know this is entirely my fault for not reading the packaging and doing more research before I went ahead and did the first thing that I read! I feel like a terrible person for this. I didnt mean to hurt him but my actions caused this. I will never forgive myself if he dies!

 

If anyone has experience with this I would love your advice.. I was supposed to take him home today but the vet said he had 2 more seizures today so I am leaving him in their care until monday..

  Thanks  Rebecca


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9/27/2012 10:26 AM
Oh dear! I am sorry that this happened. Yes, frontline is very very bad for bunnies. Where did you read that frontline is okay? I only ask because perhaps someone needs to alert this source of the inaccuracy so someone else doesn't read it and do the same thing.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/28/2012 2:08 AM
How is your bunny doing now?
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User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/28/2012 3:17 AM
I am going to go see him in about an hour.. They are keeping him there until Monday. They have him on fluids and are force feeding him at times but he is also starting to eat on his own again. They told me that he has been pooping a little which is very good news.  I am hopeful but very scared.

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9/28/2012 3:48 AM
((((((((((((((Healing vibes))))))))))))) for your bun. I hope he is feeling better today.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/29/2012 2:35 AM
Eating on his own is good. (((((((Feel Better Bunny)))))))
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User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/29/2012 3:25 AM
I went to see my baby bunny around 1pm yesterday and at that time he had already had 10 seizures that they know of. He had another while I was visiting. It is breaking my heart. I miss having him here so much. My cat and bunny quickly became best buds when I introduced them. My cat misses him too. He will go over to the bunnys cage and look up at me and meow. I have seen 3 of his seizures so far and I can only pray that they will stop. The vet is keeping him fed and are still flushing out his system. But they are not as optimistic anymore. I am going to go see him in a little bit. I hope to hear some better news. wish me luck.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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9/29/2012 3:28 AM
Healing {{{vibes}}}

I think contacting the webmaster of that site is good idea too. I'm not sure if forum guideline would allow you to share site name here though. But that false information definitely needs to be amended.

How obvious is the caution on the packaging? Maybe that's something to campaign to change.

It's not uncommon mistake unfortunately. A new member lost her rabbit right after adoption. The shelter did do a flea treatment and it was speculated if that was the cause.

Hope to hear a happy update from you soon.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/29/2012 8:38 AM
I just got back from the vet and I have some good news to report. They put him on a low dose of Valium and he has had no seizures at all today. He was very active and alert during my visit. He ate a bunch of pellets and pooped a little while I was with him today. They still have him on the IV and he chewed the line so they had to take him back and fix it. But I am so happy that we are having a good day. They are going to stop the Valium tomorrow and see how Tazzy reacts. Hopefully no more seizures. yay for da bunny bunn bunnzzz..

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9/29/2012 3:12 PM
That sounds promising! Keep us updated!

User is Offline pitbullsNbuns
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9/29/2012 8:06 PM
  Glad I read this ! I have a bottle of it for my dogs and it says on it that its safe for rabbits,cats,dogs

User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/30/2012 3:09 AM
pitbullsNbuns you have some frontline that says on the label that its safe for rabbits?? wow Well I am glad you saw this post.

User is Offline Spazydoo
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9/30/2012 3:23 AM
I left the vet around noon yesterday and they were taking him back to change his IV line that he chewed. At that time he had no seizures all day. I got more good news. Around 5:15 when the vet left a message on my phone saying that they changed his line and took him off the Valium and he ate well and was being very active. I was all smiles at work last night!! I am expecting a call from the vet in about an hour so ill post again and let you all know what they had to say.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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9/30/2012 3:37 AM
I'm glad to hear the good news. Really hope he continues to improve.
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9/30/2012 6:17 AM
Posted By Spazydoo on 09/30/2012 05:09 AM
pitbullsNbuns you have some frontline that says on the label that its safe for rabbits?? wow Well I am glad you saw this post.

Yes I have the spray kind not the drops but it does say it on my bottle and me too!

User is Offline lindsay715
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9/30/2012 5:59 PM
Hugs & thoughts for your bunny. How is he?

User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/01/2012 2:29 AM
@ pitbullsNbuns:
Woah. So this frontline (spray) main ingredient is fipronil?

@ Spazydoo: Great! You must be so relieved!
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Spazydoo
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10/01/2012 2:54 AM
Sunday morning the vet called and told me that Tazzy started seizing again right when she turned the lights on in the morning. I have heard that bright or flashing lights can cause seizures. She put him back on the Valium drip and fed him.

She called me again at around 5:00 and told me that as far as she knows there have been no more seizures and he took his feeding well. And said he was very active. They still have him on the Valium.

I am supposed to be taking him home today (Monday). I Have completely drained my bank account so I can no longer afford to keep him there. I have been wanting him to come home ever since his first night there. But now I want him to stay at the vet until I know he is going to be okay. I am so afraid. I love my bunny so much. If I had a million dollars I would spend it all getting him better.

I will keep you up to date on how he is doing. Thanks for caring

User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/01/2012 3:08 AM
What kind of rabbit is Tazzy?
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Spazydoo
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10/01/2012 4:05 AM
Netherland Dwarf Angora, 15 weeks old now
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