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What are Hair Loss?

There are many reasons your rabbit may be experiencing hair loss, also known as alopecia. The hair loss may appear as small, bald spots on their body, or there may be larger areas of your rabbit’s coat that are missing hair. You may also notice general hair loss throughout your rabbit’s body. In many cases your rabbit will feel a lot of itching, leading to his discomfort. As hair loss is likely pointing to an underlying condition, a trip to the veterinarian is in order.

Hair loss in rabbits, also called alopecia, can be caused by a variety of possible problems. Underlying conditions may include physical or behavioral health issues.

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Symptoms of Hair Loss in Rabbits

Should your rabbit be experiencing hair loss, you may notice the following:

  • Small areas of their body where there is no hair
  • Larger areas where hair is missing
  • General hair loss over your rabbit’s body

You may notice clumps of hair in your rabbit’s environment or in his feces. It is important to brush your rabbit on a regular basis so that you can quickly catch any possible issues.

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Hair loss in your rabbit may be due to an underlying physical health condition, including a parasite infestation, dental problems or a hormone imbalance. The hair loss can also be caused by boredom, or if your rabbit shares an environment, fighting between rabbits.

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Causes of Hair Loss in Rabbits

There are numerous causes for hair loss in your rabbit. These include:

  • Parasite infestation (fleas, lice, mange mites, fur mites, mites that cause ear canker, a fungus like ringworm); if your rabbit has a severe flea infestation he may itch so much that he scratches off his fur
  • Dental problems (fur loss will be seen under the chin, on the chest and/or on the dewlap)
  • Urinary tract disorders (fur loss will be on your rabbit’s hindquarters)
  • Bacterial infection
  • False pregnancy
  • Excessive grooming by your rabbit or his companion rabbit
  • Fighting between rabbits

You will want to bring your rabbit to the veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause of his hair loss.

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Diagnosis of Hair Loss in Rabbits

The veterinarian will conduct a full examination of your rabbit in order to determine what is causing his hair loss. When examining your rabbit, the veterinarian will look for signs of what could be causing your rabbit to lose his fur. He will pay attention to the type of hair loss, along with the following:

  • Crusty appearance on the skin where the fur was lost
  • Presence of flaky skin or dandruff
  • Any open sores or inflammation

Your veterinarian will likely ask you questions about your rabbit’s behavior and whether there have been any changes. Depending on what is discovered during the physical examination, the veterinarian may order blood work or a urine analysis. The veterinarian may also conduct a skin scraping which will enable a closer look under a microscope. As the veterinarian works to determine the health condition of your rabbit, radiography may also be conducted.

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Treatment of Hair Loss in Rabbits

Your rabbit’s treatment will depend on the condition that is causing the hair loss. Some possible conditions and treatments include:

Parasite Infestation

Mites can be treated with selamectin (available as Revolution or Stronghold); Revolution is usually given at a dose of 6mg/kg. Ivermectin is another option for treatment. Ringworm can be treated with Program. Topical treatments like miconazole and clotrimazole are options for small lesions. Fleas can be treated with Advantage or Revolution.

Dental Problems

Molar spurs may have to be filed so that they are smooth and a tooth infection may have to be treated.

Urinary Tract Disorders

Urinary tract infections can be treated with antibiotics, bladder sludge can be treated with subcutaneous fluids, and a bladder stone may require surgical removal. 

Bacterial Infection

With a bacterial infection, the infected areas should be shaved and a culture and sensitivity test should be conducted so that the veterinarian can determine which antibiotic will be most effective against your rabbit’s infection. 

False Pregnancy

Your veterinarian may recommend having your rabbit spayed.

Over grooming

Provide your rabbit and any companions addition space to run and play as well as toys to keep them busy.

Fighting

Your veterinarian may recommend spaying or neutering your rabbits.

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Recovery of Hair Loss in Rabbits

The recovery of your rabbit will be contingent on the underlying condition that is responsible for his hair loss. Depending on what your veterinarian has discovered, your veterinarian may request that you return for a follow up visit. 

There are things you can do for your rabbit to help prevent the possibility of disease that can lead to hair loss. These include:

  • Providing a stimulating, safe, secure and non-stressful environment for your rabbit that offers the space for exercise
  • Avoiding overcrowding in your rabbit’s environment
  • Providing, clean, fresh water in a bowl that is large enough for a full day’s worth of water
  • Ensuring your rabbit has a healthy diet 
  • Regularly groom your rabbit and take him for a check-up by the veterinarian once a year, as well as anytime you notice anything unusual with him (changes in appetite, drinking, urination or activity, hair loss, or changes in hair coat
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Hair Loss Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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California Rabbit

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Hair Getting Thin On Ears

My otherwise healthy California rabbit is getting thinning of fur on his ears. All his other fur looks great How come?

Aug. 7, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Your rabbit may have a parasite, or an endocrine disease, or there are some seasonal hair losses that happen in animals that can be normal. If he seems to be doing well otherwise, you may be fine to monitor this and see if it improves over time. If it does not, then it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian as they can examine him and see what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for him.

Aug. 8, 2020

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My bunny has a chunk of his fur off and we don’t know if it is the other bunny biting him or if my bunny has a disease

Aug. 3, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. It is difficult to say, without being able to examine him, if that is caused by your other rabbit or not. If you see the two of them biting at each other, that might be the cause. If they seem to be getting along, or he is itching at it, then it may be a skin problem and it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian. It may help to separate the two rabbits for a few days and see if it is getting worse, as that might give you a hint. I hope that all goes well for your rabbit.

Aug. 3, 2020

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Patches Of Fur On Back End Missing.

She is a black furred rabbit that is a 50/50 mix of Rex and Holland Lop. In one of the patches there is a small bit of flaking around the edges. In another her skin is pink, and in the other is a tiny scab. Her skin in the patches that aren't pink are gray. I haven't noticed any excessive grooming or itching, but she could be when I'm not around. Her ears look clean and you can't see anything crawling on her with the naked eye. She is spayed and lives in her own cage. No other rabbits are owned.

Aug. 1, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. My first thought would be parasites of some kind, and if she is not on flea control, that would be the first thing that I would try. Otherwise, having her seen by a veterinarian would be a good idea, as they can examine her and see what might be causing this problem for her. I hope that she is better soon.

Aug. 1, 2020

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Snow white Newzealand white rabbit with upstanding ear

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Hair Loss And Not Active

IsDettol very harmful to my rabbit?

July 24, 2020

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Dr. Gina U. DVM

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Hello Thank you for the question and pictures. If your rabbit ingested this product, it can be harmful. If a small amount was used on the skin, it should be ok but I recommend that you take him to a veterinarian for an exam.

July 24, 2020

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Rabbit

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Hair Loss / Exposed Skin

About one week ago we noticed our bunny had about a 3/4” skin exposure due to hair missing from his back. He doesn’t appear to scratch excessively or have fleas. There has been some blood as well from the exposed skin.

July 15, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Rabbits can be affected by mites or bacterial infections. If the spot of hair loss is growing, or he continues to scratch at it and cause trauma to the area, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian. They can examine him, see if there are obvious reasons for the problem, and get treatment for him so that it gets better, and not worse. I hope that all goes well with your rabbit!

July 15, 2020

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Rainbow Unicorn

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Hair Loss
Soft Stools
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I have a 3-4 month old female bunny. She has been losing hair behind her ears on her neck, skin is completely normal. 2 days ago he stools were softer than normal (she has longer hair so it sticks) this morning she has some sort of infection in her eye. She is housed with a 3 month old male. Should I separate? Could this be signs of pregnancy/mating? Wondering if the eye is coincidental or if he hurt her. Vets are limited right now.

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Palmer

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Dutch

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Hair Loss

My tuxedo rabbit is about 5 years old. We just noticed that he has lost his hair around his genitals and butt. We have not noticed any itching or weird behavior. He is eating and drinking ok.

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Potter

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Extreme Hair Loss

My rabbit is 9 years old give or take a few months. He went through his usual long molt late fall where I helped him shed his extra fur. Last week we noticed his third eye lid on both sides where a little exposed and noticed a bald spot on the back of his neck forming while petting him. His vet found when his hair was parted, you could peel away all of his fur leaving nothing but bare clean skin, over his entire body. He did not have a temperature and has been eating and drinking normally. Blood work showed elevated white blood cells and his neutrophils were up. No mites were found in the hair skin sample. They are waiting on ringworm test to come back but his skin looks healthy if not a touch dry. My other rabbit is the same age and is in excellent health with no shedding right now, they are house rabbits. I was wondering if he could've become too hot during a time when we had company, two weeks in November and two weeks in December. We had to have our heat up to a point that might have been uncomfortable for them, it was unbearable hot for us but our company being elderly required the higher temps. I noticed he was feeling sweaty when I picked him up even lately, and he developed a touch of odor that was not like him. He usually has a thick beautiful coat. Now when I gentle peel back some of the fur, it has a funny off odor. Our house is back to 68-70 degrees on average during the day and 65 degrees at night.

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Denmark

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Hairloss,
Hairloss, Dirt Stuck Around Behind
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Our male rabbit has been shedding fur around his behind, he has hay and dirt stuck around the area that we have tried getting off. The rest of his fur looks fine but we are very worried about his health. He is suspected to have gotten our other female rabbit pregnant and we now have them separated. He is just short of a year old and has a lot of dirt stuck around his male area, as well as a lot of hair loss. He has also been acting strange and is not as energetic as he once was.

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Isabella

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Hair Loss

Hello guys my rabbit is loosing hair from her front and back feet, the problem is that i stay with a friend and he doesn't want animals inside the house. 2 weeks ago it was raining for 4 days straight and i notice that my rabbit fur was completely wet i started noticing her fur from her feet was coming off so i put her inside to ger her warm and dry now she doesn't has no fur with some pink spots with no fur, she eats well and drinks well. Its my bunny is sick or is just hair lose and is going to grow?

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