Skin diseases

Kim Chilson



Differential diagnosis for rabbit skin diseases

Varying shedding patterns among rabbits

Hair loss (alopecia) in rabbits

Shedding from the ears, by Tal Saarony


Viral diseases

Do horned rabbits really exist ? Papillomatosis (warts)



Sparsky and Brownie: nodular type of myxomatosis in 2 vaccinated rabbits, by Janet Lacey

Herpes sp viruses in rabbits

Herpes simplex encephalitis in rabbits, by P. Grest et al. (PDF)

Naturally occurring Herpes Simplex encephalitis in a domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), by H. Weissenböck et al. (PDF)


Bacterial diseases

Skin abscess in rabbits

Abscess management in rabbit, an illustrated guide, by C. Macey

Staphylococcosis affecting young rabbits, by M. Gruaz

Treponematosis - rabbit syphilis

Case report: atypical treponematosis - rabbit syphilis in a rabbit, by T. Saarony

Pseudomonas aeruginosa or green fur syndrome

Schmorl’s disease or skin necrosis due to Fusobacterium necrophorum

Tularemia in rabbits


Fungal diseases

Fungal dermatitis or superficial mycosis


Arachnid skin parasites

Ear mite: Psoroptes cuniculi

Fur mites: Cheyletiella parasitovorax  and Listrophorus gibbus

Less Common Fur Mites: Trombicula autumnalis and Dermanyssus gallinae

Burrowing mites: Sarcoptes scabiei  and Notoedres cati

Ticks in rabbits


Insect skin parasites

Fleas and rabbits

Myiasis (fly-strike) in rabbits

Flystrike – don’t get caught out, by the UK Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund

Myiasis by botfly (Cuterebra sp.) in rabbits


Hormonal disorders

Case report: bilateral symmetrical alopecia in a rabbit


Behavioral disease

Self-mutilating behavior in rabbits

Self-injurious behavior in rabbits and does (PDF)


“Mechanical” diseases

Sore hocks (pododermatitis) in rabbits

Ear-tags and leg-rings


Auto-immune diseases

Sebaceous adenitis or inflammation of the sebaceous glands

Sebaceous Adenitis possibly related to a thymoma in a rabbit, by Lara Walker

Successful treatment of sebaceous adenitis in a rabbit with cyclosporine and triglycerides, by Annette Jassies-van der Lee, Yvonne van Zeeland, Marja Kik and Nico Schoemaker



Case report: did Freddy rabbit suffer from skin lymphoma ? by Celine Fischer



Bandaging a rabbit hind-foot

Abscess management in rabbit, an illustrated guide, by C. Macey


A big thanks to Kim Chilson for the lovely illustration.