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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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Ear infection we think as its ears are scratched raw rabbit,

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ear infection we think as its ears are scratched raw rabbit
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the rabbit's name and age?
Customer: hoppy 1 yr about 3 lbs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about hoppy?
Customer: seems to have lost some weight but not much
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I suspect that you're describing infection with the rabbit ear mite Psoroptes cuniculi. This mite typically causes inflammation and reddish-brown, bran-like cursting of one or both external ear canals, head shaking, ear drooping, and pruritis (itchiness). Aural crusts shouldn't be removed before treatment as they usually resolve afterward; they may be painful to remove and removing them may lead to damage of the ear canal. Treatment with ivermectin, selamectin, imidacloprid and moxidectin are all effective and all are available through a vet.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Can I give him penicillian shot I have that
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
sorry my phone is dead right now
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
he has the ear droop don't see much itching but is crusty around the outer part of ear canal I also have ear drops for my cats for mites
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

A systemic antibiotic isn't necessary when treating mites or a bacterial ear infection found with these mites. You can see how your cats' ear mite medication affects your rabbit but a product that addresses all of the skin is going to be more effective. You can apply Advantage (imidacloprid) for small cats to your rabbit's skin safely. Advantage is available over the counter. Please continue our conversation if you wish.