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Advice please

5 replies

Riv12345 · 16/10/2020 13:30

Just picked up 2 bunnies
No longer wanted

Kids got bored of them etc etc

Little Lionheads 8 months old
Both girls
Got them home running about in my garden all happy
Eating the grass and doing pinkie bright eyed etc

Just abit not worried as such but just need a bit of advice

One of them is abit mattered (long haired) fair enough i will soon sort that out

The other one looks as if she's had a massive hair cut all over
She did say she pulls her hair out

Which I am aware with un neutered girl rabbits

But even the hair looks really short around her head
I'm thinking

She was stressed shut in hutch

Or she's had a big haircut to remove mats etc
Surely they wouldn't pull hair out of their heads
It's not bald just short
No dandruff etc so no mites

What do you think?

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 17/10/2020 10:37

First off (and I've never kept rabbits) good on yah for rescuing these lovely animals from this situation. It sounds like they were being ignored onto borderline neglect , most likely bought as LockDown Bunnies and winter coming would've been hideous for them if life had carried on as usual.

It could be your new rabbit had a rush fur cut to make her look 'presentable' if the mats were bad. Or her cagemate was barbering her .
Stress activity literally over grooming and gnawing the cagemates hair .
It sounds like gnawed off at skin level rather than hoiked out at the roots .

Give them a settle in time then Vets to see abiut neuter , vaccines (unless you have seen with your own eyes the certificate I'd wager they aren'r vaccinated) , the vet can examine for mites or ringworm type conditions .
Hormones can lead to hair loss but I think its more round the belly .

(When I got my last guinea-pig pair , one ripped a piece of fur from her long haired friend and ate it like spaghetti Shock . I still adoptd them and loved that little tyrant till she died . Not sure if it was stress or her odd ways ) .

70isaLimitNotaTarget · 17/10/2020 10:39

And can I remind you of The Small Pets Photo Rule ?

ie - there has to be one Smile

EatPrayYoga · 17/10/2020 17:16

It's hard to know. Even if you ask them previous owner they might not tell the truth but a vet check is a good idea and just give them a safe space is all you can do

Riv12345 · 17/10/2020 19:00

The previous owners said that her hutch mate pulled it out but the one with the hair out is the more dominant one
Might get vet check
They been playing in garden all day happy as can be
Thank you so much for your replies

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 17/10/2020 19:48

I would be worth checking for any injury round the head , not inflicted by the other rabbit necessarily but it's a difficult area for her to reach herself and they will often groom a cagemate ( you know the probiotic healing properties of animal spit Grin our guineas healed each others eye injuries better than I could woth saline )

Our boar groomed his wives and no way was he the dominant one , he just liked to groom (in a good way )

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