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I adopted a rabbit from a rabbit rescue yesterday. I noticed today that he has a cut/sore on his upper lip that is a slightly brown. He doesn't seem to have any trouble eating or drinking, so I don't think he is in any pain, but I would like to clean it if possible. Would it be safe for me to apply hydrogen peroxide on a q tip as a disinfectant?

Thank you for your help!

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Lauren,

I would be concerned that your bun might lick some of it up unintentionally. Try gently wiping with a warm washcloth or warm water on a qtip - if he'll let you. If it's dirt or blood it should come off relatively easy If he's not too keen on letting you get that close, don't stress him out since he's in a new environment. It will clean up on its own regardless.

Best!

Christine

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Christine Whetstone

Expertise

I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.

Experience

I've owned indoor rabbits for the last 10 years. During that time I've gained experience in areas like bonding exercises, understanding behavior, warning signs of sick bunnies, how to handle more serious illnesses (GI stasis, abscesses, eye problems, etc.) and more. It's rare that I come across an inquiry that I do not already know the answer to.

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House Rabbit Society, supporter of local rabbit rescues

Publications
http://ilovemyhouserabbit.com/

Education/Credentials
Personal experience beats the pants off of a degree, in my opinion.

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