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Is Peace Lily Poisonous to Your Rabbits?

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The thought that rabbits will not eat plants that are bad for them does not make complete sense. As a matter of fact, they learn their habits in eating in the wild, observed from other older members of their group. When in captivity, rabbits are usually offered a limited variation of plants to consume. For this reason, they will naturally be cautious in trying new food varieties. It should not be mistaken, however, that unless it does not appeal to their taste, as long as it is green, they are most likely to eat it.

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The good news is that some of the most toxic plants taste bad. Even when they are combined with other food items, they do not lose their toxicity, even becoming more dangerous when included with more familiar food items, such as hay, as they are more likely to be consumed.

This also goes the same with Peace Lily. Generally speaking, Peace Lilies are toxic plants that may cause some ill to your rabbits. The thing is, it would be quite unusual for your pet to become immediately ill after consuming this toxic plant, but some signs may appear. For example, it may produce an effect that can build up in the organs through time.

Peace Lily Toxicity

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Peace Lily is also known as Mauna Loa Peace Lily. When ingested, these plants may cause oral irritation, which usually comes with difficulty swallowing, drooling, burning, vomiting, and irritation of the tongue, lips, and mouth. The reason for its toxicity has something to do with this plant containing certain insoluble calcium oxalate crystals that are similar to that with other plants that belong to the Araceae family.

When animals end up biting or even chewing this plant, it releases these oxalate crystals. This results in tissue penetration and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and mouth. A rare scenario is also seen, such as the swelling of an animal’s upper airway, making it difficult for them to breathe.

Among the common signs that can indicate too much exposure to the insoluble calcium oxylate crystals found in Peace Lilies include drooling, oral pain, pawing at the mouth, vomiting, and decreased appetite. When this happens, it is recommended to seek the assistance of a veterinarian as soon as possible.

House and Garden Plants

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As a general rule, all house plants need to be considered as toxic. The thing with house plants is that there is a huge variety of house plants available that it is quite difficult to list all of them. There are few that are safe, but it is still recommended to consider them as dangerous in order to make sure that your rabbits to consume them.

To handle this, keep your house plants in a high position, where your rabbits cannot possibly reach them. If all possible, they can be placed inside a room where your rabbits do not usually go to. If the leaves are about to drop in a place where your rabbits can easily get to them, make sure to snip them off and dispose of them right away.

Outside your home, and in your garden, the possibility of your rabbits being exposed to toxic plants is quite high, though usually, it depends on the climate. If you grow plants with which the level of toxicity is something that you are not sure of, you may either want to remove them or do something that will make sure that your rabbits cannot have access to them.  

Other Poisonous Plants Similar to Peace Lily

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Aside from Peace Lily, there are similar plants that could also produce ill-effects on your rabbits. Here are some of them:

·         Amanita Mushrooms

Even though these plants generally belong to the fungi category and may not be classified as houseplants, they are still fatal to rabbits. Make sure that your pets stay away from them, and make sure to take the necessary steps in order to remove them out of your yard.

·         Aloe Vera

For humans, Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant. However, for any companion animal, rabbits included, it could be dangerous. It may result in gastrointestinal tract difficulties, including diarrhea.

·         Azalea

Azaleas are given frequently as a gift. They are beautiful plants to look at. However, when ingested by rabbits, they can result in cardiovascular collapse, which in turn, could be fatal. They also contain a certain substance called acetylandromedol, which may further lead to weakness, excessive salivation, drooling, depression, and vomiting. Other results may include weakness, heart failure, and comas.

·         Amaryllis

This plant is appealing to cats and dogs. For humans, it is a common holiday gift. For animals, however, it may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, depression, vomiting, and tremors.

·         Calla Lily

This plant is a favorite during Easter. However, take note that it is quite deadly for animals, including rabbits. It may result in oral irritation, upset stomach, tremors, asphyxiation, loss of balance, seizures, as well as death when consumed in large amounts.

Warning About Rabbit Safe Plants

Even though safe rabbit plants are considered safe, if you end up feeding your rabbits too much, they may still end up upsetting the guts of your pets, resulting in a potentially dangerous case of diarrhea. When this happens, it is still best to bring your pets to the nearest veterinarian in order to receive the needed treatment that will control the impact of plant consumption in their bodies.

Diagnosing Peace Lily Poisoning

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The moment that you bring your rabbits to a veterinarian, most likely, you will be asked which symptoms are present and whether you have any idea of the exposure of your rabbits to possibly poisonous substances. Usually, you will be asked which plants you have at home, and a good veterinarian may even be able to specify Peace Lily as a possible culprit.

A physical examination of your rabbits may allow your veterinarian to possibly rule out conditions that may be present and similar to poisoning. On top of that, specific clinical signs may also direct to poisoning. The veterinarian may most likely conduct blood tests in order to see if there are possible abnormalities as well as other underlying health conditions, even performing X-rays to locate any masses or substances which may be present in the gastrointestinal tract of your rabbit.

Possible Treatment of Peace Lily Poisoning

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Some poisoning cases can still be reversed, provided that they are treated in a prompt and aggressive manner. The type of treatment will also be based on the specific type of plant that has poisoned your rabbit. The prognosis and the recovery will also depend on the severity of the cause, the condition, and how fast you responded to the symptoms of your rabbit.

Your veterinarian will guide you through the process, providing you with a number of options available. This includes the use of activated charcoal, which helps in binding poisons within the stomach of your rabbit, artificial respiration when your pet’s breathing becomes difficult. There are other procedures, as well.

Conclusion

Once your rabbit has been cleared from the clinic, at-home monitoring should still be done. A safe place for recovery, along with plenty of water, should be provided. You will also be advised on the recommended diet for your rabbit. Your rabbit may need to continue medication if there are continuing gastrointestinal issues.

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