Our bunny babies are altogether naturally clean little creatures - even their poops are neat and odourless! They adore grooming themselves, each other, and even us, for hours on end. In the case of rabbits' dry skin, our online shop stocks a bumper range of rabbit skin care support from reliable brands, so you can be sure of great results.
Your rabbit’s skin is designed to maintain the correct temperature, stay hydrated and protect them from the elements. Rabbits are unique in their inability to sweat like most other animals, so they can struggle with regulating their temperature. Therefore comfortable, healthy skin and coat are a must for every rabbit’s health.
Dry, sore, inflamed, and parasite-affected skin affects well-being and can be sore and itchy which affects temperature control, sleep, and mood. It is prone to infection and fly strike.
Regular grooming sessions are a wonderful way to bond and communicate with your rabbit. You’ll also rapidly pick up health concerns. The frequency of grooming depends on your rabbit's coat type and health status.
Check skin and coat weekly for parasites or changes
Check and groom coat once weekly to once daily or more depending on the type of coatCheck eyes, ears, and teeth
Check bottom daily in all bunnies for signs of diarrhoea or fly strike
If you notice any changes contact your veterinarian or book an appointment here for advice before you start any treatments or supplements. It is extremely important that your rabbit’s skin preparations are safe for or specifically designed and manufactured for rabbits as human or other pet products can be harmful.
Long-haired breeds may need special brushes and equipment to remove the excess hairs while indoor rabbits will need more frequent nail clipping. If you have an invalid, geriatric, or overweight rabbit then they are likely to need help staying clean around the bottom several times a day. If your rabbit is stiff or overweight, consult your veterinarian for help with shaving, pain relief, and weight loss.
Rabbit skin is more fragile than other pets and they also tend to lose hair more easily. Thanks to the rabbits' need to re-digest their nighttime poo (caecotrophs) we also can’t use buster collars in most cases of skin issues so must try to resolve them as quickly as possible. We mustn’t forget your rabbit’s feet which are unusual as they are furry with no pads! Walking on concrete or carpets can sometimes cause hair loss and sore feet so it is important to remember them during your skin check.
Dry skin is fairly common. Dry, crusty patches on your rabbit’s skin can be a sign of
● healing injuries - take care to check they are not being bullied by a pal
● Parasites - including fleas or mites known as ‘walking dandruff
● Dry skin - caused by external dirt, unkempt coat, humidity, weather changes
● Ringworm - hair loss, crusting, and scaling especially around the ears eyes nose
● Rabbit syphilis - not infectious to humans - ulcers, especially around the eyes nose lips bottom
● Ear mites - dry thick scaly skin around the face, eyes, and inside the ears
If you see recurring dry skin, excess dandruff, excessive grooming, or hair loss it is important to have your rabbit checked by a veterinarian for fleas, mites, and parasites to prevent them from establishing in your pet's home and from spreading to any other rabbits. Preventative prescription treatment is the best way to control parasites.
If your rabbit frequently suffers scabs or minor wounds this can be a sign of irritation from parasites but it is also important to check on the behaviour of any other bunnies as these can occur from being bitten by a bullying rabbit, which will need veterinary advice.