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Dear Reba Rabbit

My rabbit has fleas. My cat and dog do, too, so I bought Frontline for them. May I use it on my rabbit also?

Reba Responds

No, because Frontline has caused problems for some of us rabbits.

On the other hand, studies have shown that Revolution (selamectin is the generic name) and Advantage (imidacloprid) are safe for rabbits and effective against fleas. Both are easy to apply to the skin.

They aren’t approved by the government regulatory agencies for use in rabbits, but many veterinarians do treat bunnies with these products.

When I started scratching last year, our family cats and dogs did too. I thought they were mimicking me, but it turns out we all had fleas.

So Mom applied the topical product to my skin -– and theirs –- and life quickly settled back to normal again.

Before using either flea product on your rabbit, ask which your veterinarian prefers. You can use it to get rid of the fleas you have now and also to prevent an infestation this summer and fall, when fleas are at their worst.

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