Thank you for getting back to me. Heavy shedding in the fall is quite common. Losing large amounts of hair and bald spots appearing are also not unusual. I've found that individual rabbits may have a different shedding pattern from year-to-year. They may shed heavily in the spring one year, but not until October the next. The amount and pattern of shedding is influenced by day length and by the rabbit's hormone levels.
I suspect Tula is undergoing a normal, but heavy, molt. You don't need to consult a vet at this point. Just monitor the situation. Watch for those fine hairs to appear on the pink areas. If they don't appear within 2-3 weeks, there may be a problem. Also keep an eye out for redness, sores, or flaking. When the skin looks healthy and normal, heavy shedding isn't a problem. If it's very flaky - like a bad case of dandruff - you may be dealing with fur mites. They would need to be treated by a vet. You can read more about normal and abnormal fur loss at this site:http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/furloss.html
If Tula lives outdoors, make sure she has a good deep bed to stay warm. As long as the skin appears healthy, she has a good appetite, and passes normal stools, I don't think you have anything to worry about. If abnormalities appear in the skin, then you'll want to see your vet. If you have more questions about this, just let me know by clicking on REPLY.
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