Important Alert: The Dangers of Amoxicillin Use in Rabbits

Our warnings will be repetitious to many of you, but [even after many years, it bears repeating.] Some veterinarians have sources that say it’s okay to give Amoxicillin to rabbits. Reliable sources that state otherwise far outnumber them. Although there are individual variations in procedures and opinions, [rabbit savvy vets] do not prescribe Amoxicillin.

This obscures the problem to veterinarinas who are less familiar with rabbits. If they have treated several rabbits with no side effects, they may assume that it is a safe drug for rabbits. (Many of the people notifying us have changed veterinarians and the previous vet, who prescribed the Amoxicillin does not hear the resultant death.) Another reason is the delayed reaction. Sometimes a rabbit dies up to 10 days after treatment has ended. This is because it takes some time for the 2-step process. The beneficial gut flora has been destroyed, allowing the overgrowth of pathogenic (to rabbits) bacteria. If the pathogenic bacteria are of certain strains, they will produce toxins that can kill the rabbit.

Whether or not a rabbit survives treatment with Amoxicillin depends on the quantities and strains of pathogenic bacteria left in the intestines and the individual rabbit’s ability to cope with the toxins produced.

Our veterinarians never want to take that risk. And all veterinarians on our referral list never take the risk. There are too many other choices. We have yet to see culture results of an infection that is sensitive only to Amoxicillin

©Copyright Marinell Harriman. All Rights Reserved. Republished with the permission of the author.

Important Alert: The Dangers of Amoxicillin Use in Rabbits was originally published as “Amoxicillin Warning” in House Rabbit Journal v1

  • Marinell Harriman

    Marinell Harriman is the author of The House Rabbit Handbook. Over the past 35 years she has fostered and rescued hundreds of rabbits. She has published numerous articles on house rabbit philosophy, care, and behavior. She has a special place in her heart for disabled and special needs rabbits.

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