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Hi,

This morning, I noticed small bumps, and quite a few of them, on the back of my bunny's neck. They're hard to find but they don't look like insect-burrowing sites, and there isn't the dry skin, scabs, or hairloss normally associated with conditions like mites or mange. She also doesn't appear to be itchy or in pain or anything like that; she's her normal, happy, frisky self. Her partner in crime, with whom she is always physically very close, doesn't appear to have any of the same bumps.

Only two things have changed in their environment recently: a new untreated pine "fort", and a blanket spread out to keep little bunny paws from slipping on the floors (an old comforter, but washed in hot water before giving it to them). Sorry if that's too much information, but I wanted to make sure I touched on anything that could be relevant to a skin condition!  

I know that you can't really diagnose over the internet, and without seeing the bunny. I'll certainly take her to the vet if the condition worsens or changes. Just wondering what it could be, since nothing I can find online seems to match her symptoms.

Many thanks for your time and effort!

Happy holidays!

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Dear Keely,

Is it possible her partner bunny is mounting her?  If so, the male will grab onto the back of the neck and sometimes will break the skin, leaving little wounds.

Part the fur and see if there are little scabs.  If there are, that could be the cause, especially if that is the ONLY location of the bumps.

If the bumps are under the skin, and if they change at all, then I'd have a good rabbit vet take a look to be sure it's not something that requires treatment.  You can find a rabbit vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

Hope this helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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