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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Salmonella in bunnies?!

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    • henry2809
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      Hi everyone! This is a totally random question, but can rabbits get salmonella from people? Like if I had salmonella (I don’t, but theoretically), what would I do in terms of caring for my bunny and what are the chances that he could contract salmonella from me? Also, how common is salmonella in pet rabbits? I know that there are recalls on produce every so often due to salmonella, so I am just curious if it is actually that common in rabbits and if it should be something that I’m regularly worried about? Thanks in advance!


    • Wick & Fable
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      Apparently you could catch salmonella from a rabbit: https://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Health_FAQ

      … Whether it can happen the other way around, I do not know; however rabbits can definitely get salmonella which is why us owners need to be privvy to recalls of veggies and such!

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    • LBJ10
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      I’m guessing here, but I think it would be a little harder for a person to pass salmonella on to a rabbit. It’s transmitted through saliva or via fecal-oral route. So as long as you’re not kissing your rabbit or contaminating their food with your poo… I suppose if a person had salmonella, they would want to thoroughly wash their hands before handling any food.

      As Wick said, we do try to be careful with recalls for possible salmonella contamination. However, not all rabbits become ill from salmonella.

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Salmonella in bunnies?!