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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.

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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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.


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:

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology

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