Is there such a thing as 'over grooming' by one bunny to another?

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midnightmoomoo Fri 13-May-16 21:40:32

I have two bonded bunnies, one boy, one girl. She's the boss. Boy bunny has a bald patch between his eye and nose, and the skin looks as if it's been scalded - hard to explain, not a cut, just as if the top layer of skin isn't there. I took him to the vet today but he was stumped. He's taken a photo to send to their rabbit expert contact. The nurse who is an experienced bunny owner thought possibly ringworm but it's not bothering him so not convinced by this.

Looking at them in their run this evening it occurred to me that it could be that she is over grooming him in that patch, perhaps this is why the skin looks sore, maybe she's licking him too much in one spot? Does that sound in any way feasible??? If so, is there anything I can do to stop it?

cherrypepsimax Sat 14-May-16 08:35:32

Are there no signs of mites? Did they do a skin scrape to check? If def nothing like that then yes sounds like behaviour, I had a bunny who bubbles the eyelashes off her husbun he just lay there and allowed it to happen...

Can you try giving her lots of other things to do, like willow branches, scatter feed etc to occupy her?

midnightmoomoo Sun 15-May-16 08:48:43

He had his eye flushed a while back because the tube to his nose was blocked and I think she started licking him after that.
We have bought lots of extras for the hutch so lots more to keep her busy and hopefully less time to groom. She's a very busy bunny but he's a lazy lump so maybe she just needs more to occupy her than we thought.

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