Flea and Mite Protection for Rabbits

Rabbit in Australia are commonly affected by fur mites and ear mites. Fleas are less common but occur when rabbits live with other species, or via wild rabbits. Intestinal worms are very uncommon.

The chart below summarises the products that treat rabbit parasites. Please consult your vet for advice specific to your pet before use.

Warning: Never use any other products made for dogs or cats without veterinary advice. When treating multiple animals, they may groom and lick each other so keep separated until the product is not visible.


revolution for rabbit mites

Prevents: Ear mites, sarcoptic mange and cheyletiellosis

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis. Brands include Revolution, Pinpoint, PetProgress, Wagg&Purr, Evicto, Selapro, Neovela.

  • A quick-drying, and less messy spot-on treatment
  • Only product registered to treat fur mites in rabbits

How to Use Selamectin
Selamectin can be safely applied to rabbits from 8 weeks of age. Use either ‘for puppies & kittens’ (0.25mL of 60mg/mL selamectin) for rabbits under 2.5kg or ‘for cats’ (0.75mL of 60mg/mL selamectin) for rabbits over 2.5kg.


advantage for rabbit fleas

Prevents: fleas

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis. Brands include Advantage, Exi-Flea.

  • Fast, effective flea control
  • Most fleas on rabbits come from dogs, cats or chickens so treating the other household pets is important.

How to Use Imidacloprid
It is not clear at what age imidacloprid can be used, so it would be prudent to wait until your rabbit is 3-4 months old or over 1kg. Use the ‘Small Dogs and Puppies’ tube for rabbits under 4kg or the ‘Dogs 4-10kg’ for larger rabbits. The solvent may damage clothing and painted surfaces so take care after applying it, and avoid placing it where the animal can lick.