Rabbits have soft, fine, pink fur, like babies. And because it is so delicate, it is exposed to various health problems. Mites, mange or ringworm are some of the most common ailments, along with the age and hygiene level of the animal.
Mites: These are parasites which attack the trunk of the rabbit causing itching and reddening of the skin. The affected area will appear scaly and hair loss. Humans are not affected, so we can hold and cuddle our rabbit without fear. Take him to the veterinarian if he shows symptoms.
Scabies: It mainly affects the ears, muzzle, paws and forehead. It is cured with antibiotics.
In addition, rabbits can be attacked by fleas and lice, especially if in contact with cats. Although it is not serious and can be easily solved at the veterinarian’s office, it is advisable to take care of the problem quickly because rabbit lice can cause weakness, lack of appetite and dermatitis, since they are parasites that feed on the rabbit’s blood.
How to react
A visit to the veterinarian will reveal the cause of the dry skin and will indicate the treatment to be followed to eliminate parasites or, in case of allergy, to moisturize and soothe the skin.
Other tips to follow are to bathe the rabbit with a hypoallergenic shampoo. Rinse him well and dry him gently with a towel. Brushing the rabbit frequently is another good option because it activates its circulation.
Fatty acids, administered periodically in their food, are good for alleviating skin problems in elderly rabbits.