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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 MeggoWaffle
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3/19/2013 4:01 PM
I am really sorry about your loss and proud that you are using your experience to educate others.

One thing I should add is if your cat and new rabbits get along really well you might not want to use frontline on your cat, either. She might rub off on surfaces that they touch, or they might even groom her and ingest some.

Again, sorry about Tazzy and keep fighting the good fight!

User is Offline The boys mom
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6/24/2013 12:22 AM
I am SO upset!!!! I used Frontline on my bunny and he is so sick!! My mom took my dogs to the vet for me and I personally called them while she was there and asked them to refill my shi-tzu's heart meds and give me something for fleas for my bunny. I told the lady he was only about a pound. They had give me something last year - no problems. I am so mad at myself for not researching it first!!!! I put it on him on Monday and looking back things went bad fast.
It's awful!! The first seizure we saw was Wednesday night. But it wasn't a "big" one so we didn't know what was going on. Then I noticed he had stopped eating on Thursday. I was going to take him to the vet on Thursday but a friend that came over said that he needed some sunlight and fresh grass and to move his hutch outside. So we did. We brought the hutch back in that night. Then on Friday morning we moved his hutch outside and I reached in to get him out and he started kicking (not like him) but I went ahead and got hi. Out thinking he would calm down once he was against me. But he didn't and so I put him back in his hutch and he was having a horrible seizure. As soon as it was over my husband got a towel and I grabbed him up in it and jumped in the car for the vet. (BTW we moved to the lake for the summer the week before Father's day which is 40 min from our vet) On the way there my husband started texting me stories on the Internet (including yours) about Frontline!!! When I got there I told my vet about the Frontline and his first question was, "who sold you Frontline for a rabbit?" He was terribly upset to find out it had come from his office. The girls up front were new. While I can't help to be upset with the girls I can really only blame myself for not being more careful. My vet said because the amount if time that had already passed the best thing would be to keep him as stressed as little as possible and to take him back home, make him start eating, and bathe him as often as I can without over stressing him. Well, I have been force feeding by syringe feeding him peanut butter and bathed him Friday & Saturday. There is a little poo and he is drinking on his own and T-T ing. He has had two horrible seizures tonight. My boys get so scared and disturbed when he has one. He isn't acting like himself at all. He tries to bite me when I hold him, but stays so still for a bath, and lethargic.
Are there any cases that anybody has heard of where the bunny lives through this and ends up normal again? I know he is so uncomfortable at best. This may sound heartless but (I promise I'm not) if he is going to end up dying in the next few days or live the rest of his life like this I'd rather go ahead and stop his misery. Has anybody found out any moe info??
I plan to call frontline in the morning.

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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6/24/2013 1:08 AM
Because this thread is over 3 months old the forum leaders may lock it and ask you to restart it a fresh...
Mean while, who suggested feeding peanut butter ? That really does not sound good especially when he is already in distress. Critical care wouyld be the best option or a pellet slurry if you can get it fine enough to go in the syringe.
So far I have yet to hear of a bunny surviving treatment with Frontline, your little guy must be one hell of a fighter. I would have to go looking to see if anyone has been through this.

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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6/24/2013 1:15 AM
Just snagged this off the House Rabbit Society.
If he survives it looks like there is hope.
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Our hospital has become aware of problems with one of the new topicalflea products, Frontline, marketed through veterinarians by Rhone MerieuxInc. To date, we have consulted with veterinarians who have prescribed Frontlineresulting in the death of three rabbits; another rabbit has been successfullytreated for severe seizures it developed after Frontline was applied.

Question is what treatment was done ?

User is Offline LBJ10
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6/24/2013 12:37 PM
I would sue the vet office. Seriously. If those girls were new, it was the vet's responsibility to make sure they knew not to do such a thing. Yes a pet owner needs to do their research. But you went to a vet office and they gave you Frontline for your rabbit. You should be able to trust they aren't doing something that will cause harm to your pet.

That being said, yes this thread will most likely be locked. So don't be alarmed if it is. Just start a new one and we will continue to help you.

Roberta, I think any treatment would be supportive like fluids, oxygen, and anti-seizure meds. Do they have anti-seizure meds for bunnies?

User is Offline tanlover14
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6/24/2013 5:51 PM
Who in gods name suggested you give him peanut butter?????

Give him CC and I would talk to your vet about giving him Sub-Q Fluids also.

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User is Offline Chronicambitions
Staten Island, NY
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6/24/2013 9:03 PM
I found this from February:

I'm so sorry this happened. I do know that the frontline that I use for my dog clearly says not to use on rabbits. A couple days after I got my buns, my dad made sure I knew to wash my hands after petting my pup because I could rub the medicine off on them.

(((Healing vibes for your bunny)))))

User is Offline jerseygirl
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6/25/2013 3:43 AM
Do they have anti-seizure meds for bunnies?

Meclizine I think (???)

There are reports of rabbits been treated with fipronil and there being no issue. But that is with larger or adult rabbits. Generally it's considered unsafe for rabbits.

The boys mom, is there another rabbit knowledgeable vet closer to where you are currently? Your bun is likely going to need supportive care for a while.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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6/25/2013 4:05 AM
Oops, not meclazine.

I'm reading anticonvulsant therapy for fipronil overdoses using diazepam on couple sources. (Here's one: http://www.fluoridealert.org/pestic...t.sta.pdf)

Shampoo him well with the bathing as the frontline is spread through fur and oils in skin and released into the body over time.

I wonder if Questran could be used? It's recommended for gut stasis to absorb toxins.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Sarita
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6/25/2013 5:18 AM
I am going to lock this thread since the member has not replied and it's an old thread...
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