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What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin disease that results from a fungus. There are multiple types of fungus that can lead to ringworm; the type seen most often that causes the condition in rabbits is Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Another fungus that leads to the disease in rabbits is Microsporum canis.

Also known as dermatophytosis and dermatomycosis, ringworm is a skin disease that results from fungus and leads to areas of hair loss in a rabbit.

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Symptoms of Ringworm in Rabbits

Should your rabbit have ringworm, you will typically see dry, scaly, patchy areas of hair loss. In many cases the lesions your rabbit is experiencing will first be present on his head, legs, and feet. The lesions then may spread to other parts of their body and can turn reddish in color. Often these areas will be itchy. Scratching these areas can cause more skin trauma and lead to secondary bacterial infection.

  • Reddish lesions
  • Hair loss
  • Dry, scaly patches on skin

Causes of Ringworm in Rabbits

Ringworm is caused by a fungus; spores from animals infected with ringworm can be cast into their environment where they can live for more than 18 months. In some cases, rabbits may not show symptoms of ringworm but be carrying the spores. These rabbits than shed the spores and the environment will be contaminated, leading to possible infection in other rabbits. Transmission can take place as a result of interacting with a rabbit that has been infected with the spores or through contact with something in the environment that has been tainted with spores (for example, bedding, brush). 

Animals will be more likely to develop ringworm if they are living in overcrowded conditions, in areas with high humidity, where there is poor sanitation, or where they are not receiving good nutrition.

Diagnosis of Ringworm in Rabbits

Your veterinarian can diagnose ringworm in your rabbit in several ways:

Wood’s lamp - Your veterinarian will use a special black light where a few species of ringworm fungus will glow when under it. This is not a completely accurate method as a number of the species of M. canis that are most often seen don’t glow. T. mentagrophytes also do not glow when under the lamp. 

Microscopic study - Your veterinarian can remove a few hairs from near a lesion on your rabbit and look at them under a microscope. To do this your veterinarian will use a mixture of KOH (potassium hydroxide), which will make the hairs and any fungus on them more easy to see. Around 40-70% of cases of ringworm will be diagnosed through this method.

Culture - Your veterinarian can collect samples from your rabbit’s lesion and conduct a culture. Certain mediums are available that are meant for identifying ringworm infections. This is considered the most accurate way to diagnose and identify an infection.

Treatment of Ringworm in Rabbits

The majority of rabbits that are infected with ringworm will recover without any treatment as long as any factors with their nutrition and environment are resolved. Should your rabbit have isolated lesions, your veterinarian may clip his fur down close to the skin in the area next to the lesion. It is important to not irritate your rabbit’s skin because this could cause the spread of the infection. Any instruments used for grooming will need to be sterilized so has to not pass on spores to another rabbit. 

Your veterinarian will consider treatment based on the severity of the lesions on your rabbit. Options include:

  • Keratolytic 
  • Miconazole shampoos
  • Lime sulfur dips
  • Topical anti-fungal medications (miconazole or clotrimazole cream)
  • Oral medications to include: Griseofulvin (not to be used on pregnant or animals that are breeding) and Itraconazole

Treatments will continue for a minimum of two weeks after the lesions on your rabbit have healed or once there have been two cultures that are negative for fungus. Ringworm fungus is able to survive for a very long time, therefore it is important that the environment of your rabbit be thoroughly cleaned.

Recovery of Ringworm in Rabbits

In addition to treating your rabbit, it will be important to treat his environment. Since the fungal spores are resistant to many cleaners, it is recommended that when cleaning your rabbit’s environment that you use bleach diluted to 1:10 with water or enilconazole (0.2%). All tools used for grooming, bedding, kennels, etc. should also be cleaned and disinfected. In addition, carpets and ducts should be vacuumed and their filters replaced. It will be important to vacuum any curtains and home furnishings and dispose of the contents in the vacuum immediately. This level of cleaning should be done throughout your rabbit’s recovery, and for a few weeks upon the treatment’s completion. You will also want to wash your own clothes in order to ensure that spores are not surviving on your personal items and able to be passed back to your rabbit. 

As ringworm can be transferred to humans, particularly those with a suppressed immune system, it is important that you wear gloves during interactions with your rabbit while he is undergoing treatment.

Ringworm Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Marley
Lion lop
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Flakes

My rabbit had ringworm and when I applied the medication that was prescribed by the vet it gave him permanent hair loss where it was applied. The ringworm disappeared for a few months and then returned some time later. Since the medication (I forget it’s name) proved to be useless what would you recommend?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1554 Recommendations
I'm not sure if the hair will grow back if the skin was damaged where the treatment was given. Since I can't see Marley, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on, but sometimes we are able to use response (or lack of) to medication as a clue as to what might be happening, and a recheck with your veterinarian would be a good idea to reassess the area and see how best to proceed.

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Bubbs
Rabbit
3 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Bodytemp 98f red hind leg nomotion

Medication Used

Dexa,avil,aciloc,intacef,metronidaz

Hi my rabbit diagnosed with fungus infection was advised to give neumac5mg n furglow 2ml daily. All well till last nite but today morning found him totally immovable. Found very dark red patches on leg joints and joints badly swollen

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1554 Recommendations
It seems that there may be more going on with Bubbs, and he should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Without examining him, I can't determine what might be happening, but he needs medical attention. I hope that he is okay.

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Phoebe
Dwarf Hotot
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red area, Hair loss.

My bunny Phoebe was diagnosed with a fungal infection, and based off the description it was most likely ringworm though the vet didn't tell me. Could have just been that I didn't ask. Anyways I treated her with a shampoo as directed by the veterinarian. After two weeks the trouble area was healed but it had now popped in another area when I took her for her recheck. I was told to now do the treatment for 6 weeks. I'm about 2 weeks through this now 6 week treatment and that area has healed and now it is in another area though this area has horrible hair loss and is red. I'm still using the shampoo and have another vet appoint this Friday but I am worried that either I or the vet are not doing something right. I was told that after 3 days of the initial treatment to completely clean the area with diluted bleach and I did so. I even went as far as to move her to a different section of the house that she hadn't ever been too so I knew it had to be clean. I haven't deep cleaned her area since and am wondering if I should and if it would help. Just look for help because she is only a year old and I don't want to lose her to a simple fungal infection.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3238 Recommendations
You should ensure all surfaces which Phoebe comes into contact with are cleaned thoroughly and regularly during treatment; this includes bedding, furniture and other items which Phoebe may come into contact with. You should visit your Veterinarian again to make sure, but it is important to ensure strict hygiene whilst treating for ringworm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dino
Lionhead
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

I think my rabbit has ringworm. He has a small patch above his tail. In the middle of the patch is crusty and white colored. Around his patch his skin is purplish in some places, and reddish in others. He has no fur around the patch and there is some sort of orangy colored bump near the white patch.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3238 Recommendations
It does sound like a ringworm lesion, you should visit your Veterinarian to confirm and to receive treatment; treatment is usually with a topical ointment and systemic antifungal therapy (depending on the severity). It is also useful to trim fur down so that ointment can be applied easily. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

griseofulvin 25gm in minimal dose candid cream topical and proper diet eggs,cumbu,greens cure this infection within 2 months

Ive found short fur patches on my rabbit. No scaley skin and no redness irritation. I think i just found ringworm on myself (very small, on my wrist. Doing a half bleach half water treatment on it) Would thosw patches be early signs of ringworm? Theyre on her back. And should i wear gloves when handling her now, and clean her cage and area with that 1:10 bleach water solution?

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Rabbyy
House rabbit
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Flacky skin, redness, loss of fur,

I live in India and since it is not a pet friendly nation, I have little access to vetenarians who can treat rabbits. My rabbit appears to have fungal infection as he has flacky skin, redness around eyes, loss of hair and he is constantly itching himself. I went to a vetenarian and he gave me a spray which is a HOCl solution. Doc advised to put a Clotrimazole and Chlorhexidine powder on the infected area. Also Doc gave a multivitamin to be given orally. Please guide if the spray, powder or multivitamin should be given or not to my bunny as last year I lost one of my bunny because of wrong medication

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1554 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Rabbyy, I can't comment on whether those medications will help with what might be a fungal infection, but the medications as you have described are safe to be used with rabbits. I hope that Rabbyy improves with those medications.

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nappie
New Zealand
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My bunny has a white patches on her nose and feet and its kinda thick already. we just notice it a week before and I already called a vet to schedule her check up since Im new to rabbits. but I was just so worried because her check up will be on friday and today is tueasday. Is there anything that you can recommend. what I need to do while waiting til friday to keep my bunny healthy and safe. please help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3238 Recommendations
Without examining Nappie I cannot confirm whether this is ringworm, a different infection or due to another cause; the parasite Cheyletiella parasitovorax (see link below) may cause scaly dandruff which is easily transmitted between the nose and paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/vetstream/media/images/lapis/16_143172.jpg www.vetstream.com/treat/lapis/bug/cheyletiella-parasitovorax

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