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Photo of rescued Mabel with a number of ticks surrounding her eye. These ticks were in the nymph stage. She was treated with Revolution. Note: Revolution does not work with all ticks. See a rabbit-savvy vet!

Many species of ticks can potentially parasitize rabbits, dependent on geographic location. The rabbit tick is called Haemophysalis leporis-palustris. Other species sometimes seen in the UK include Ixodes spp. or the Spinose ear tick Otobuis magnini.[1]:296

Ticks are often carriers of infections such as myxomatosis, tularaemia, and papillomatosis.[1]:296


There are two options:

  • manual removal of the tick, ensuring that the mouthparts are removed intact
  • ivermectin at 400 µg/kg[1]:296

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