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My Rabbit is itchy, what it could be?

Hey there, bunny lovers! We all adore those adorable furry friends hopping around our homes, but did you know they sometimes face skin troubles too? Don't worry, though! In this article, we're going to explore some of the common skin issues that can sneak up on our beloved rabbits. We'll chat about what to watch out for and what causes these pesky problems. So, grab your favorite bunny and let's dive into the world of rabbit skin care!


Rabbits can be prone to several common skin diseases, some of which include:

  1. Fur Mites (Cheyletiellosis): Caused by the fur mite Cheyletiella parasitovorax, it results in skin irritation, itching, and dandruff. It's commonly known as "walking dandruff" because the mites are visible as white specks moving on the skin's surface.

  2. Ear Mites (Psoroptes cuniculi): These mites infest the rabbit's ears, leading to intense itching, head shaking, and ear inflammation (otitis externa).

  3. Ringworm: This fungal infection is caused by Trichophyton or Microsporum species. It leads to circular areas of hair loss with scaly, crusty edges. Contrary to its name, ringworm is not caused by worms.

  4. Sore Hocks (Pododermatitis): Commonly seen in rabbits with inadequate housing, sore hocks is a condition where the skin on the bottom of the feet becomes inflamed and ulcerated due to constant pressure on hard surfaces.

  5. Abscesses: Bacterial infections can cause abscesses, which are painful, swollen areas filled with pus. They can occur on the skin or internally.

  6. Flystrike (Myiasis): Flies can lay eggs on soiled fur or wounded skin, and the hatched larvae can burrow into the rabbit's skin, causing severe damage and infection.

  7. Fur Chewing: Though not a disease, some rabbits may develop a habit of excessive fur chewing, leading to bald patches and skin irritation.

If you notice any skin abnormalities in your rabbit, it's essential to seek veterinary attention promptly. Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to managing these conditions effectively and preventing them from worsening. Additionally, maintaining good hygiene, providing a clean and suitable living environment, and regular grooming can help prevent some of these skin issues in rabbits.


Our exotic pet experts are available every day from Sunday to Monday at Island Vet Bali, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu. Book your exotic pet's appointment by Whatsapp +62813-911-911-29 to meet Dr. Ari or Dr. Qonita!


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