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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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My one year old buck mini lop rabbit has removed the fur from

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My one year old buck mini lop rabbit has removed the fur from his front forearm - foot still covered removed up to chest area. He is eating and no signs of ill health. Excrement normal, urine pale yellow. He is weight baring through all four limbs. He is a lone rabbit living predominantly outside but inside in colder weather. Has a great deal of human interaction.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Your buck has barbered his front leg. This can arise from many causes. It can be self-induced in rabbits fed low-fiber diets. It can represent a dissociative behavior in response to stress (i.e., boredom, sexual frustration or trauma). Generally, barbering causes alopecia without other signs of dermatitis but occasionally can progress to self-mutilation. Treatment depends upon its cause.

Provide a high-fiber diet - one rich in fresh greens and timothy hay-based pellets instead of alfalfa pellets - and neuter if sexual frustration is suspected. Continue to provide adequate social stimulation. A change in light cycle or intensity may help. If no other treatment stops self-mutilation, try administering haloperidol at 0.2-04mg/kg orally every 12 hours.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I have noticed that he has been cleaning his sex organs a lot and so I suspect sexual frustration - poor thing !! I will arrange for him to be neutered. No further information required from you at this stage. Many thanks.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Sounds good. Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you in a month for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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