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Hello my rabbit is dropping a lot of fur recently i was brushing her fur the other day and a large amount of fur came out leaving a spot on her back bold. All other places are pretty sensitive to brushing as well as the fur seems easy to be pulled out. I noticed a black spot on her back where the bold patch is with some darker fur on it. The rest around it is still bald. The skin seems a little dry but is light pink and seems allright. There are no other symptoms that something is wrong i had her for a month and everything is the same apart from the fur loss and she recently started to have a little bot of a wet nose but not a lot i will observe her more closly and take to a vet if needed. She is neraly 4 month old and is a dwarf rabbit.

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Dear John,

This sounds like a normal, if heavy shed.  But please read:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/furloss.html

If in doubt, get your bunny to a good, rabbit-savvy vet.  The Rabbit Welfare Association may be able to help with a referral:

http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

I 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

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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

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