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At what age can baby rabbits be treated with Advantage or ivermectin?

I have NZ's, 3 weeks old kits, scratching a lot, I figure either fleas, fur mites, or both.

I will butcher some but will keep some for breeding and will want to treat the ones I am keeping. I just don't know what age is safe? Would you say 8 weeks?

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I would use neither myself. I would get some food grade Diatomaceous Earth and rub some in their fur. I would also sprinkle some around the bottom of their cages.

If you decide to use DE, make sure it's food grade.
 

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Ivermectin would probably be fine after 4 weeks. There have been bad reactions in some herds though. I've mainly heard it happening to dutch rabbits and it is rare but it happens. Not many people have access to advantage since it's prescription and vets don't like to hand it out without seeing the animal so there isn't as much info on side effects. It might be worth trying the nonchemical route first.
 

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Thanks Akane....

Advantage isn't Rx anymore. I bought it from Dr. Foster Smith for my dogs with no prescription. It is available from Joe's Pet Meds, too.

Sounds like from 8-12 weeks it would be safe for the females I want to keep, after the males are butchered.

I actually saw no fleas on them today when checking them all for sex. If anything, it would be fur mites making them scratch, maybe, which would require ivermectin, or Revolution(which still is Rx, I think, not sure).



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