QUESTION: Hi, I really need help with my bunny. Yesterday I discovered a little bald spot in his shoulder with a bit of what looked like blood and today it got bigger. Vets here were I live had none or hardly any experience treating bunnies. I am truly worried I give my bunny all the love in the world and take excellent care of him. I don't know what may have caused this.Help and thank you.
ANSWER: Dear Mio,
Does your bunny live with another bunny? This looks much like the bite that would be given by another rabbit exhibiting mounting behavior, which can be either sexual or dominance behavior.
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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I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM.
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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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