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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 pet rabbit has developed a bald patch on her left side,it

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my pet rabbit has developed a bald patch on her left side,it does not look sore or infected should i be concerned.She is eating and drinking and looks well.
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I'm sorry for the delay in responding to you. When the skin remains normal and your rabibit is otherwise well, barbering is usually the etiology of such a bald patch. Barbering, or hair pulling, occurs when a dominant rabbit pulls a subordinate's hair; it can also be self-induced in rabbits fed low-fiber diets. Female rabbits self-barber to build nests if they are pregnant, pseudopregnant, or in heat. These rabbits pull hair from the dewlap, ventrum (underneath), legs, and thorax (chest). Occasionally, rabbits groom excessively as a dissociative behavior in response to stress (i.e., overcrowing, boredom, aggression from cage mates, sexual frustration, or trauma). Generally, barbering causes alopecia without other signs of dermatitis. Occasionly, however, barbering can progress to self-mutilation.

Treatment depends on its cause. 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 cycle or intensity may help.

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Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

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