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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Help! Bunny ate hydrangea leaf.

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    • Archiethebunny
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      Hi everybody my bunny rabbit Archie escaped my site for 30 seconds and he ran up the stairs and found a plant that my mom accidentally left in a place that he could eat it and it happened to be a hydrangea plant by the time I caught up with him he had already eaten half of one of the leaves on the plant and I’m super nervous that he’s going to get really sick and maybe worse. I called the vet and they made me hold for two minutes and didn’t know if hydrangeas were poisonous or not to rabbits and told me to call a helpline, but I think that might be BS because the helpline is tolled and the vet probably gets some money for every person they send over there and the helpline would send me right back to the vet. I gave him a couple drops of baby gas medicine and lots of hay. It’s been about 12 minutes since he ate the plant and he’s acting energetic and normal but I’m still really nervous.


    • LBJ10
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      Hydrangeas contain a type of cyanogenic glycoside. This is a toxin that is produced by plants as a defense mechanism. It would make a dog or cat sick if they ate it. However, rabbits are a little bit different in that they can tolerate a higher level of toxins produced by plants because they are adapted to eat a variety of plants. Could a rabbit be poisoned by a hydrangea? Technically yes. But the amount they would have to consume would be a lot higher than that of a dog or cat. Since he ate half a leaf, he will probably be OK. You should, of course, monitor him. Encourage hay and water, which is the general routine. Honestly though, you would likely have seen ill effects by now if something was going to happen.


    • Ellie from The Netherlands
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      LBJ makes a good point: rabbits have amazing tolerance. Our bun needed medication, and he had to get the same dosage as a dog 10 times his size!  😯

      It looks like you did everything you could do. How is he doing now?


    • Archiethebunny
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      Thank you for the advice. You seem to be so far correct in saying that he will be just fine. I will continue to monitor him.

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