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Dear Reba Rabbit

My rabbit, Nibbles, has ticks on her face and ears. I checked out the rabbit index on your Web site and learned that it’s not safe to use Frontline on her. What should I do instead?

Reba Responds

Because Frontline is toxic to rabbits, you’ll need to use either Revolution or Advantage Multi.

These products, which are available through your veterinarian, are applied to the skin once a month.

The alternative is to keep Nibbles inside. Indoor living can be just as much fun for her if you entertain her with a variety of toys. For ideas, see www.askthevetspets.com/o2008-26.asp.

If she lives in a cage, expand her horizons by building her an indoor habitat, complete with hanging toys, a hay box, tunnels and a ramp to her loft bedroom.

Surround the habitat with a large wire exercise pen like you undoubtedly use when Nibbles plays outdoors. The jointed walls let you design the shape that fits best in your rabbit room.

Install a waterproof, scratch-resistant floor using a heavy plastic chair mat from an office supply store. Cover one section with an artificial sheepskin rug and another with a grass mat.

Nibbles will be free of ticks -– they’ll be “ticked off” -– and you’ll have fewer worries.

 

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