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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.

Please let me know.  Also see:

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

I hope this helps.

Dana

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QUESTION: Thank you so much for answering. He lives alone and he's a male.

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Dear Mio,

Then please refer to the article I sent you previously:

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

You can find a rabbit vet here:

www.rabbit.org/vet

who can examine in person and determine what is causing this lesion.

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)

Publications
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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