Can You Use Betadine on Rabbit?

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Betadine is an antiseptic solution that is used to treat cuts, abrasions, and other minor skin injuries in humans and animals. It’s also commonly used as a disinfectant for wounds, baths, and soaps.

Betadine comes in liquid form or as a granular powder. The latter form is commonly used as a topical medication for animal owners.

How can you use betadine on rabbits? Let’s take a look:

Can you use Betadine on a Rabbit?

Betadine is a brand name for povidone-iodine which is ideal to treat wounds such as minor cuts, burns, scratches and skin infections. It is usually one of the go-to choices in a first aid kit and can come in liquid, ointment, soap, spray, powder and cream forms. It may be concerning whether a product used for human injuries can be used on animals. We assure you that this product is totally safe. 

Betadine in dilute form is better to use than hydrogen peroxide. If your rabbit has a minor wound or scratch, you may use Betadine to disinfect the wound. Application is easy. You should pour a little diluted Betadine on cotton balls and dab it on the rabbit’s skin.

You must be gentle in applying pressure on the rabbit. Dilute Betadine is best as doctors have found that it can help to decrease irritation that the product will cause. Ensure to never use the product near the eyes of the rabbit or near their food.

What Antiseptic Can You Use on Rabbits?

Before we answer this question, we have to clarify a few things. While many people often use antiseptic and disinfectant interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Antiseptics are used on the body to kill microorganisms in wounds and infections. Disinfectant is used on non-living surfaces. 

For a rabbit’s wounds, there are a range of antiseptics to use. It is best to ask your veterinarian for the best antiseptic solutions that can be used to clean wounds off the rabbit. Many pet owners and vets recommend a dilution of antiseptic before application to the rabbit.

Antiseptics come in many forms but you may prefer the cream which does not need to be diluted. You should also get an antiseptic soap to wash your hands before you work with your injured rabbit. 

Keep in mind that a rabbit’s skin is very fragile as it is incredibly thin. Ensure not to add much pressure when cleaning the wound. Be as gentle as possible to avoid tearing. Ensure to also reach out to your veterinarian when you find such wounds or cuts. Also, ensure that your antiseptic is animal friendly and mild.

How Do You Treat an Infected Wound on a Rabbit?

The first step is to ascertain whether or not a wound has become infected and the extent of infection. On an infected wound, you would notice redness around it as well as swelling and/or pus. This can quickly lead to pyoderma which is a medical term used to refer to bacterial skin infections in rabbits.

This can lead to other internal health issues such as diarrhoea, obesity, matted fur and others. Any stress-inducing experience can be detrimental to a rabbit’s health so quick actions have to be taken. 

After assessing the infection, you may clean the infected area. You may also dab with a diluted antiseptic solution or cream as recommended by the vet. Other options are to add an antimicrobial cream to places that are not as infected as others. Infections on wounds would usually require an antibiotic. They have also wound care products that may be used in case of a minor infection. However, should the infection worsen, take the rabbit immediately to the vet. 

Rabbits have very fragile skin and body systems. Any delay in the treatment of illness can cause great implications that will be detrimental to your rabbit’s health and well-being. Ensure that you do not ignore any such indications.

You must keep calm at all times while taking your rabbit to the vet as the rabbit may pick up on your stress and become stressed. Place your rabbit in a safe and clean carrier and go to the vet. To avoid infections on wounds that will cause these tedious processes, ensure to keep an eye on your rabbit and notice cuts or injuries that can be treated with first aid only. 

Can I use Dettol on my Rabbit?

Dettol is a brand that deals with antiseptics and disinfectant products. Hence, we have to ensure we make the right distinction to use them correctly. Earlier in the article, we explained the difference between a disinfectant and an antiseptic. Dettol liquid doubles as a disinfectant and antiseptic.

There is not enough evidence to support if such double-use products are safe to use on your rabbit or not. We find it noteworthy to mention that putting Dettol in water to bathe your rabbit is a definite “no” as rabbits do not need baths. 

While some rabbit owners have been recorded to use Dettol disinfectant on their rabbit hutches, pens or play areas, we do not recommend it. Dettol as a brand has high levels of phenol chloroxylenol in it. This compound can be dangerous to not just rabbits but all pets if ingested. Besides, the harsh smell of Dettol can be very upsetting to rabbits who have sensitive noses.

 Disinfectants in general are not necessary to care for your rabbit because of their particularly strong smell. Dettol antiseptic may also be too harsh for your rabbit in terms of its chemical makeup.

Preferably, there are other mild antiseptic lotions and liquids that are specifically made for pets such as rabbits. These antiseptics are animal-friendly as they do not have harsh smells or toxic chemical properties. You may visit your vet to recommend one to add to your first aid kit.

Can I use Apple Cider Vinegar to clean a Rabbit’s cage?

Made from the fermented juice of apples, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has become a very popular option for DIYs and other needs. Many rabbit owners add a dash or so of this product into their rabbit’s diet or water but is it also good for cleaning?

Instead of using strong-smelling, harsh disinfectants, Apple Cider Vinegar is a great alternative. It can be used for any hutch except for wood hutches. A good benefit is that whether from inhalation or ingestion, Apple Cider Vinegar will pose no harm to your rabbit.

You may use Apple Cider Vinegar to clean a rabbit’s cage by making a solution of it in water and using it to wipe down every section of the cage including the bars and the ceilings. It is important to be thorough when cleaning your rabbit’s cage. Apple Cider Vinegar also doubles as a safer choice for eliminating odours. When the stains in a cage are tough and difficult to clean off, you may add baking soda to the ACV to make a pasty solution which you can use to clean.


Taking care of your rabbit is an important business especially when they are injured. However, check the products you wish to use for your rabbit in order to ensure they do not cause further harm. 

Written by Justin Michaels

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