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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I just discovered my rabbit has pulled s fur out on one side

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I just discovered my rabbit has pulled his fur out on one side to the skin. He was fine yesterday. He is in a hutch with his brother. He is in an air condition garage with drop trays and cleaned everyday. What could it be and what can I do. The other rabbit is fine. This is an angora rabbit born in May
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I'm not allowed to communicate with customers by phone. Such sudden hair loss should be considered barbering. This often describes hair pulling when a dominant rabbit pulls a subordinate's hair or self-induced in rabbits fed low-fiber diets but there are other causes.

Treatment for barbering depends on its cause. It's best to separate dominant and subordinate rabbits, provide a high-fiber diet, create a less crowded enclosure as needed, neuter if sexual frustration is suspected, and ensure adequate social stimulation. A change in light cycles or intensity might help. If no other treatment stops self-mutilation, administering haloperidol can help...but Max isn't at that point at this time.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.