Question Hi! I have recently begun breeding rabbits for meat and I have my first litter of large rabbits. Recently when I went to begin sexing my babies one of them had small pus-filled sores in it's genial region. More specifically they were in the area of bare skin on the side of the genital region in the fold between the anus and the vulva. They were very pimple-like being red with white heads and somewhat sore looking. They were both broken open already and leaking so I drained them and cleaned them with peroxide which the baby put up with without any fuss at all. The babies are all almost four weeks old and are acting perfectly normal and otherwise appear to be healthy. I am just curious as to if I need to worry about this at all.
Answer As reprehensible as I find it for anyone to raise rabbits for meat (if you would not eat a Golden Retriever or a kitten, then why would you eat an animal as intelligent and loving as a rabbit), I will answer for the rabbits' sake.
This could just be ingrown hairs, or it could be a sign that the babies have contracted syphilis from their mother (who could be a carrier without showing symptoms). This can easily and safely be treated, if it is syphilis, with injectable dual-acting penicillin (very cheap). You can find a rabbit-experienced veterinarian to help you here:
I hope once you get to know your rabbits you will realize that they do not belong on a dinner plate any more than your grandmother does.
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Gave me an answer that was not very useful. Told me what it might be, but seems unlikely to be the right response since the rabbits cleared up quickly (not syphilis) and was one of the areas rabbits have no hair (not an ingrown hair). Was also particularly rude about the fact that I raise rabbits for food, a very common practice around the world and is one of the healthiest meats in the world... And saw fit to question my actions and answer "for the rabbits" after like two weeks instead of for the person asking or doing so timely. If they don't want to answer questions about meat rabbits - which are the vast majority of rabbits in the world - they should say so EXPLICITLY in their "rules" section. I would have never asked this vet a question about a raised-for-meat rabbit otherwise.
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:
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If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
If your rabbit is NOT EATING
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Organizations Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president
National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
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Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
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B.S. - Biology
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