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I have a male fuzzy lop, 2 years old.  We just shaved him as he was so matted at adoption.  Once shaved, he had beautiful pink skin, though it was very stretched from the massive matts.  Today, a week later, he has large black spots covering most of his back and sides.  It is extremely visible through his left over white hair.  Help please.  I am very worried about my boy.

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Hi, Tara

You might be surprised to learn that those black spots are a *good* sign:  they are a sign that his fur is growing back.  The dark patches are where he has pigmented fur, and the rest of his skin might start to darken  up, too, as the hair follicles there "wake up" and start doing their job.

In a week or so, your boy will start to have short, silky fur again.  :)

Good luck!

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:

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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.

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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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