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Yes, tea tree oil is toxic to rabbits and can cause death if ingested. It should never be used to treat ear mites or any other medical conditions due to its toxicity. If your rabbit has ingested any amount of tea tree oil you must contact a veterinarian immediately.

Is tea tree oil toxic to rabbits?

As stated, tea tree oil is toxic to rabbits. Tea tree oil has become a popular “natural home remedy” for just about anything from repelling insects to a treatment for acne. It is important to remember that just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it is safe for rabbits or humans.

Tea Tree Oil Level of Toxicity in Rabbits

Tea tree oil is highly toxic to rabbits. What this means is that your vet should be contacted no matter what amount of tea tree oil has been ingested by your rabbit.

Symptoms of tea tree poisoning in rabbits

Here is what to look for if you believe your rabbit may have been exposed to tea tree oil. The symptoms of poisoning include the following but are not limited to:

  • Low Body Temperature
  • Unstable walking, erratic walking, confused walking
  • Weakness
  • Inability to walk or hop
  • Shaking
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in behavior

What to do if your rabbit ingested tea tree oil

There is nothing you can due but contact a qualified rabbit veterinarian immediately. Speed is key, do not hesitate in seeking treatment.Most veterinarians will not treat a rabbit, so it is important to find a vet that l specializes in treating rabbits.

About the Author

My name is Vanessa and I love my buns. My current house rabbit is Mr. Bunny, he is a black and white Dutch that just turned 9 years old.

I believe that rabbits are a magnificent animal that make great pets for SOME people. My mission is to share what I have learned about rabbits over the past 20 years to improve the relationship between our pets and us. Please contact me or comment if you have any questions or comments.