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Lois south

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Hi everyone. Today I took my new rabbit Cinnabun to the vet for the first time to get his vaccines. When the vet was checking him, she found 1 flea. She gave me xeno 450 spot on to treat it. She told me that since he is an indoor rabbit and there are no other pets in my house, that he could have gotten the fleas from the hay. I buy all his hay at pets at home. I usually get the Burgess excel one but I did also get the pets at home cheaper hay as well. Can the hay from the shops contain fleas? The main reason I've been so hesitant to buy hay from a farm is that I have been afraid of something like this happening. Snapchat-812562657.jpg How do I prevent this from happening in the future? Also I'm going to soak and wash all of his things tomorrow. Will washing get rid of flea or do I need to buy something to spray everything with?

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The only time my rabbits had trouble with fleas in hay was when mice got into the hay. I had cats that never went outside, but they ended up with fleas after visiting the vet. They must have had picked them up from the vets' office.
 

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Wow, I've never heard of that! You most likely will have to use some sort of flea spray. MAKE SURE IT IS RABBIT SAFE!!!! Or at least pet safe. They are really easy to find just make sure its not toxic!
Super cute rabbit!!! She looks like a mix of my Hotot and Holland Lop. LOL
Good luck with the fight against fleas!!:p
 

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It’s possible to get a flea at the vet. I can’t say we ever picked up fleas from bagged hay bought at a store, but it’s possible. If you have carpet you’ll need to treat it. Wash in hot water anything you can that is his.
 

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Diatomaceous is a natural, non-poisonous product that gets rid of fleas, mites etc. The problem with it is that it is like flour and is dusty. If you use it on your hay, you would have to find a way to get the dust out of your hay after using the powder. You can also use it directly on your rabbit as it is safe to eat. But once again, you have to be careful because it is not a good idea for your rabbit to breathe in dust.
 

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You can also pick them up on your own clothing while walking on trails, or people visiting you can have them from their pets, if not the actual fleas they could have the eggs on their clothing and not realize it. Then the eggs end up in your home to hatch.
 

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Oh I’m so worried now. I buy same brands as you do. I hope it was only one flea. Please can you keep us updated?
 

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If the vet found a flea on the surface of your rabbit, then your rabbit probably picked it up in the vet's office. If the flea was under the fur and there was the presence of flea dirt, then the flea was there before you took your rabbit to the vet.
 

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If the vet found a flea on the surface of your rabbit, then your rabbit probably picked it up in the vet's office. If the flea was under the fur and there was the presence of flea dirt, then the flea was there before you took your rabbit to the vet.
Yeah it was on top of the fur there was no flea poops until the next couple of days later
 

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Diatomaceous is a natural, non-poisonous product that gets rid of fleas, mites etc. The problem with it is that it is like flour and is dusty. If you use it on your hay, you would have to find a way to get the dust out of your hay after using the powder. You can also use it directly on your rabbit as it is safe to eat. But once again, you have to be careful because it is not a good idea for your rabbit to breathe in dust.
Thanks you
 

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