Pet Rabbit Skin Problems

Rabbit Skin ProblemsIf you have a pet rabbit that suffers from rabbit skin problems, then this article is for you. There are many reasons for why your furry friend is becoming less furry, or scratching an itch more than what seems necessary. As with any type of pet, caring for rabbits is very rewarding but also comes with a fair share of ups and downs. If you think your furry friend may have a skin condition, don’t panic. Many rabbit skin problems are no real threat if properly treated and, luckily, treatment is often quite simple. Here are some things you need to know about rabbit skin conditions:

1. Rabbit fur loss is not necessarily a cause for concern. Remember that rabbits shed their coats twice a year. Some even seem to shed all the time due to inbreeding, bad lighting, or a disruption in the sleep cycle.

2. Rabbit skin problems can include cancer, abscesses, viral warts and other irregular growths that must be surgically removed by a vet. Watch for any changes in your rabbit’s lumps and bumps so you know when or if to take it in.

  3. Some cases of rabbit hair loss are caused by parasites (fleas, mites, lice, and fungus) that infest your rabbit’s fur, causing discomfort and extreme shedding. Things like mange, ear canker, ringworm, feather mite and rabbit fur mites should be treated as soon as possible.

4. You may not think of your rabbit’s dental hygiene as an important consideration in its care, but one of the leading causes of hair loss around the mouth and chin is dental problems.

5. Bacterial infections are common rabbit skin problems for those living in warm and humid climates.

Hair loss is not always something to worry about. Keep in mind that, because rabbits are such fastidious groomers, they often swallow a lot of hair during the shedding seasons and can have a hard time passing it. Feeding rabbits plenty of water and keeping them on a well-balanced diet will help them clear their systems.