What Causes Rabbits to Lose Hair (Fur)

What Causes Rabbits to Lose Hair (Fur)

Alopecia is the total or partial absence of hair in areas where hair is generally present. This common condition in rabbits might frequently be the symptom of another cause, such as infection, trauma or immune disorder. For rabbits, there is no particular age, breed, or sex that is more prone to this disorder.

Symptoms of Rabbits to Lose Hair

The main sign of alopecia is unusual hair loss. Symptoms may advance unexpectedly or slowly. The exact pattern and degree of hair loss may help identify the cause of alopecia, and determine the condition as primary (taken place on its own) or secondary (occurred due to another health problem).

Causes of Rabbits to Lose Hair

Alopecia is connected with some sort of disturbance of hair follicle growth. This might arise from a number of causes, consisting of parasitic infection (such as fleas or ear mites), transmittable disease (such as a bacterial infection), a nutritional problem (especially protein shortages), or neoplastic causes (the existence of abnormal clusters of cell development, such as a growth). Likewise, if there are numerous areas of loss of hair (multifocal), it is most frequently associated with a parasitic or bacterial infection.

In some cases alopecia may be the result of a behavioral issue known as “barbering.” This is where a dominant bunny will chew or pull the hair from its fellow cage-mate; hair loss predominantly appears on the flanks. Alopecia can take place since of normal shedding patterns, especially in breeds such as the Dwarf, Miniature Lop, and Angora.


If alopecia appears, there are a variety of diagnostic treatments that may be done to identify the cause. A skin scraping and biopsy may be done to dismiss any bacterial, parasitic or fungal infections. Extra tests that can be performed include urine analysis, blood tests, and X-rays.

How Is Losing Fur in Rabbits Treated

Treatment and the medications recommended depends particularly on the underlying cause of alopecia. Medications to treat parasites such as ear mites or fleas, along with medications to treat bacterial infections, are available. Obviously, if the cause is more serious, such as associated to a growth, more extreme procedures, like chemotherapy, might be necessary.

Living and Management

Follow-up care after initial treatment depends upon the causes of alopecia. If the alopecia is believed to be the result of “barbering,” the two rabbits must be separated to prevent future occurrences.

Losing Fur Prevention

As there are numerous causes leading to alopecia, no specific prevention approach can be suggested. However, a healthy lifestyle, well-balanced diet with enough protein, and general cleanliness of the rabbit’s environment may be practical in preventing needless hair loss.

Also read: Why Rabbits Have Red Eyes?

D. Roberts (Junior Expert)
Pet Health
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  1. Bunnymom

    Well my bunny coraline I saw today that she is losing hair on her ears and the skin is kind of flaky and dry … It is on both ears and when I touched/ rubbed her ears hair just like fell out. She is not scratching at all and no other loss of hair anywhere else on her. She does not have fleas because I put prevention on her … It does not look gross or anything simply dry with the flakes. The rest of her coat looks healthy and great with the exception of that area… I moved her out of my space right now and where she is I have been leaving the windows open a lot, could it simply be dry skin or something? It is not all that cold out but we get a couple of cold snaps here and there. Maybe its simply dry skin? Or maybe it seems like some little mite issue? Any ideas?

    1. Atash

      Well, I don’t want to avoid you from taking her to a vet check out if it’s needed, however you could purchase a product called Bag Balm first to see if it assists.
      It is in a green square can, which I had the ability to find at my local CVS (in the skin lotions aisle). It is a medicated moisturizer for skin that is really recovery for animal sores as well as for human dry skin like heels of feet. Anyway, I would use a little dab on the ears to see if the flaking stops and it stops shedding with the moisture from the bag balm. It’s gooey like vaseline. However if it looks red, infected, or spreads in loss of hair or flakiness, call your veterinarian.

  2. Destiny

    My bunny’s belly looks like the one on the picture. I don’t see any flaky ness at all and I don’t know what could be the cause. I’d really like to find some type of cream or home remedy because vets where I live over charge.