What To Do If Your Rabbit Bites You?

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Last Updated on September 28, 2021 by Rei

If your rabbit bites you, immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. You should also apply an antibiotic cream and cover the wound with a band-aid.

Rabbit bites would rarely result in any medical concerns. The most likely danger when it comes to rabbit bites is the possibility of infections if you did not clean the wound properly.

Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain in more detail what to do if your rabbit bites you:

What to do if a rabbit bites you?

A person applying band-aid to rabbit bite

Rabbit bites would rarely cause any medical attention. If your rabbit bites you and it draws blood, you should immediately wash the bite wound with soap and water and apply some kind of antibiotic cream to prevent infections.

Finally, cover the bite wound with a band-aid. If you suspect that the rabbit that bites you is sick or might be carrying some kind of disease, you should call your doctor for medical advice.

Reasons why rabbits bites.

Angry wild rabbit

Now that we’ve discussed what to do if your rabbit bites you, it’s time to understand why it happens in the first place. Ignoring this problem would just repeat it.

Here’s the most common reason why rabbit bites:

  • Experiencing extreme pain. Rabbits in extreme pain would be accompanied by other symptoms like appetite change, rapid breathing, loud tooth grinding, low energy, and high-pitched noise. Bring your rabbit to a veterinarian immediately.
  • Defending themselves. If your rabbit doesn’t trust you yet, they might try to defend themselves from you. Be patient and respect their space for now.
  • Protecting its food. Some rabbits can become aggressive when their food is touched. This could mean that they’re underfed in the past.
  • Asserting dominance. Male sexually mature rabbits or rabbits that are unneutered would become aggressive after 6 months old.
  • Protecting their territory or kits. Female rabbits would often become territorial and would protect their territory after giving birth.
  • Past abuse. Past abuse can make a rabbit untrusting of humans. It’s not their fault, be extremely patient with rabbits like this.
  • Unneutered. Rabbits that reached sexual maturity without being neutered would often show signs of aggressive hormonal behavior like biting.
  • Stressed. Rabbits that are enclosed all day could lead to stress which in turn lead to aggressive behaviors like biting. Rabbits are social creatures that require social interactions to flourish.

Do rabbit bites cause infection?

Yes, rabbit bites could lead to infections. Just like any other animal wounds, if it’s deep enough and you didn’t clean it properly, there’s a chance that it would lead to infections.

Here’s the step by the mayo clinic on how to properly clean a minor animal bite.

It’s also advisable that you seek medical care if one of the following is true:

  • Your tetanus shots are not up to date
  • The bite is severe(bleeding excessively or deep punctured wound).
  • The bite site shows signs of infections(swelling, redness, pain, or oozing).
  • You’re worried that the animal that bit you might have rabies.

Do rabbit bites hurt?

Rabbit’s teeth and jaws are made to chew soft vegetables so their bites are not that strong compared to carnivores. But, if your rabbit is in distress because something is scaring them, they will bite you with everything they got.

These bites do hurt because they’re using their whole body(wiggling while biting) to cause as much pain to stop whatever it is that’s scaring them. Unlike carnivores(dogs and cats), where the wound is deep and punctured, rabbit bites are often shallow and wide.

But most of the time, pet rabbits would just nip you to remind you that something is off-limit or you’re pissing them off. These bites are often mild and would rarely draw blood.

Can rabbit bite cause rabies?

According to the humane society, rabbits rarely get rabies and are not known to transmit rabies amongst humans in the United States.

That being said, if you’re worried that your pet rabbits are bitten by an animal that’s known to cause rabies and it bit you, talk to a medical professional and observe your rabbit for a few weeks to see if it would die.

Rabbits that are infected with rabies would often die within a few weeks.

How to preven your rabbits from biting you?

A pet rabbit that bites is a symptom that something is wrong with them. They could be abused by their past owners, in pain, unneutered, or they could be stressed with their current environment.

The only way to prevent your rabbit from biting you is to find out what’s causing it in the first place.

If your rabbit is suddenly biting you out of nowhere, it’s best to call your veterinarian because sudden changes in its personality are oftentimes due to some kind of medical problem.

Lastly, consider getting your rabbit neutered. Unneutered rabbits would often become territorial and can be aggressive as soon as they reach their sexual maturity.

Summary

Rabbit bites are rarely a medical emergency. Just make sure that you immediately wash the wound with soap and water. You should also apply some kind of antibiotic cream and cover the wound with a band-aid.

If you suspect that the rabbit that bit you might be sick or carrying some kind of disease, call your doctor for proper medical advice.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 30, 2021) What To Do If Your Rabbit Bites You?. Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/my-rabbit-bit-me/.
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