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Leigh
21-02-2007, 09:16 AM
We noticed that our new female rabbit has a bald patch on her tummy (slightly to one side) that is about a centimetre and a half square. According to the rescue people she had only recently (read about 4-6 weeks) been paired with the male we have.

The bald patch is not sore, flaky, red, itchy or anything at all! Just looks likes perfectly normal skin. Weve not seen her pulling at it or licking it, or the male doing anything to her. Weve also checked for fleas and cant see any problems

We did find a post on here that said it could be psychological and even possibly boredom, which could be the reason she was paired up (apparently she was the runt of the litter and nobody wanted her - did i hear you say awww.. :wink: )

Obviously were going to keep a close eye on it, just wondered if anyone had any advice/information at all?

Thanks

Angie65
21-02-2007, 11:19 AM
Is she spayed? Buns have phantom pregnancies due to hormones if unspayed & pull out their belly fur to make a nest. Spaying stops this :D

Or if she was recently spayed the hair takes a while to grow back

Leigh
21-02-2007, 11:37 AM
Yes she has been spayed :) We first thought that it was from the oepration but the patch is too high up and there is no sign of scar in that area.

Angie65
21-02-2007, 12:25 PM
Maybe a bonding accident then? They pull fur out sometimes when introduced or if smell of nearby buns upsets them.

They can "self-harm" if depressed, but if bun is otherwise lively with toys/room/space/company, i wouldn't have thought it was this - unless bun is being bullied?

Leigh
21-02-2007, 12:29 PM
99.9% its not bullying as the two of them seem in lurve. :lol:

We'll just keep an eye on it and see what happens.

Did wonder if it was a birth defect being the runt of the litter? but assumed it wasnt. Would that be possible?

Angie65
21-02-2007, 12:34 PM
99.9% its not bullying as the two of them seem in lurve. :lol:

We'll just keep an eye on it and see what happens.

Did wonder if it was a birth defect being the runt of the litter? but assumed it wasnt. Would that be possible?

I have a bun where the hair grew back WHITE over a scar - but not sure if they can stay bald?

My Cracker lost some fur after a reaction to VHD jab, but it had grown back within 2 weeks, but Spice is still raggardy after her last phantom months ago. (She was spayed, but spay was incomplete, so she was still hormonal). maybe it takes longer to grow back on some buns -& could be a bonding fur-pulled bit?

I'd just keep an eye on her :D

Sooz
21-02-2007, 01:18 PM
Its in the wrong place to be overgrooming isnt it?

Leigh
21-02-2007, 01:38 PM
im not 100% on bunny anatomy at the moment :lol: if she were human it would be slightly above half way on her tummy but not quite on her chest.

thumperlop
21-02-2007, 05:22 PM
im not 100% on bunny anatomy at the moment :lol: if she were human it would be slightly above half way on her tummy but not quite on her chest.

The same thing has happened to Thumper post spaying - she still has a bald patch in what sounds like exactly the same spot as your bunny (she is not bonded - so not a result of an accident). I was told it could well be her hormones settling down? There is nothing whatsoever wrong with the skin where she is bald either so maybe its a reaction for some bunnies post spay?

Leigh
21-02-2007, 05:35 PM
Thanks to help put our minds at rest :)