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my albino bunny has fleas (I also have a cats and pet rats -- rats in cages) and has been scratching herself to the point of bleeding, mostly around her ears.  I am far from a vet hospital or vets who handles exotics.  Bunny World Foundation emailed me that Advantage over the counter for cats works for bunnies.  Is this safe, and is this true?  I have spread food grade diatumaceous earth in my apartment, but I know it takes a few weeks to get rid of fleas that way.  Is it also safe to apply diatumaceous earth to my bunny herself?

thank you very, very much for your kind assistance.

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Hi Kathleen,
If your rabbit seems to have only a few fleas, the safest way to get rid of them is to use a flea comb.  Combing should be done daily.You can kill the fleas by dipping the comb in warm, soapy water. Rinse the comb thoroughly before continuing to comb.If you have other animals in your home, first try treating them with topical or oral products and use the flea comb approach for your rabbit. Usually, once you have eliminated the fleas on your other animals, your rabbit’s problem will go away as well.

Advantage® — Many top rabbit veterinarians have reported success using a kitten dose of
Advantage (imidacloprid). There have been some deaths reported, although the deaths have not
been directly attributed to Advantage. Advantage should not be used for very young (less than six months), elderly (six years or older), or compromised rabbits. It is also wise to remember that your rabbit may have an asymptomatic and thus undiagnosed condition that could make
Advantage a dangerous choice.

Hope this information helps.  

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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