While allergic reactions to rabbits are certainly possible, the environment is sometimes overlooked as the cause for itchy skin, wheezing, runny noses, and watery eyes.
Why am I suddenly allergic to my rabbit?
Allergies to animals are often caused by the saliva proteins left on the fur after licking and not the fur itself. Touching the fur transfers these proteins to our fingertips, and then to the face, eyes and nose. In turn, these entrances into our body are lined with immune cells ready to respond to any invaders.
Can you be allergic to a rabbit?
Although rabbits are common domestic pets, severe respiratory allergic reactions to rabbits in households are unusual. Ory c 1, a 17-kDa glycoprotein found in saliva and fur, has previously been identified as a major rabbit allergen.
Can bunnies have seasonal allergies?
Just like their human counterparts, rabbits may experience allergies but in my experience, we don’t see true allergies in exotic companion mammals as often as other species like dogs.
How common is rabbit allergy?
While severe respiratory allergic reactions to rabbits are actually fairly uncommon, mild allergies are frequently listed as one of the top reasons rabbits are surrendered to shelters and rescues.
Is rabbit fur harmful to humans?
There are a few zoonoses reported from pet rabbits, but nothing really significant to normal healthy people: Cheyletiella fur mites are commonly seen in pet rabbits; this condition is often known as ‘walking dandruff’. They can cause a mild rash in humans which is often itchy.
Are rabbits good for allergy sufferers?
Smaller mammals and rodents still not entirely hypoallergenic. Smaller mammals and rodents, such as guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and chinchillas produce dander just like cats and dogs. The main difference is in the potential to prevent the spread of allergens throughout your house.
Is rabbit urine harmful to humans?
Urine from healthy animals is typically considered to be of little to no risk to people. This is generally true, at least for the otherwise healthy human population, but like with most things in infectious diseases, there are exceptions.
What are bunnies sensitive to?
Rabbits use their superb sense of smell, their long-distance vision and their sensitive hearing to alert them to potential danger. So anything that affects their primary senses, sight, sound and smell, can trigger a fear reaction.
Can rabbits have antihistamines?
A very clogged nose is definitely a problem, as rabbits are obligate nasal breathers. You can help clear your bunny’s nose temporarily by gently suctioning with a pediatric ear syringe. Ask your vet about using a mild, pediatric antihistamine such as Benadryl to help shrink swollen nasal membranes.
Can rabbits have hay fever?
Hay fever is an unfortunate term, as it can lead to rabbits being inappropriately deprived of the very thing they need most, for fear they will react badly to it. Dusty and mouldy hay may cause sneezing, so check the quality if you think this could be an issue – so long as bunny is generally well!
How long do rabbits live for?
European rabbit: 9 years
Can rabbits cause asthma attacks?
Touching or inhaling these allergens causes your immune system to overreact, leading to your asthma symptoms getting worse. Lots of pets can trigger allergic asthma symptoms, from cats, dogs and horses, to rabbits, hamsters, mice and gerbils, and birds. You might be allergic to just one type of animal or more than one.
Do bunnies need hay?
Rabbits need at least one bundle of good quality hay that’s as big as they are every day! Good quality, fresh hay should be available at all times and, ideally, rabbits should have access to growing grass for grazing, or kiln-dried grass. Don’t feed lawnmower clippings; these can make your rabbits ill.