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  1. Jun 26, 2018 #1

    Selena RD

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    one of my rabbits has a bit of flakes just coming from his face and behind the ears and does that mean he has ear mites or fur mites and if he has any of those what can i do? And he's 6 months
     
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    Yes it could definitely be mites, you will need to take him to a vet who will give you a prescription for selamectin if they suspect mites.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2018 #3

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    So is there Any home remedies i can do till i am able to go to a vet that's out of town. Or Could i buy something to stop it?
     
  4. Jun 27, 2018 #4

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    I suggest you to consult with a vet.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2018 #5

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    Revolution will work for mites in rabbits. But if your rabbit has something else like ringworm (which is a fungus) then it won't work. It might work out cheapest to go to a vet because so you know for sure you are getting the right treatment. Make sure you shop around for a good rabbit savvy vet— so they will know what to do.

     
  6. Jul 4, 2018 #6

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    well my vet just looked at my rabbit and said it was just Dead skin Coming off so i guess he's okay and also mentioned about yesterday news litter has anyone tried that? And also my vet said i should let my rabbits just fight it out without them neutered should i do that?
     
  7. Jul 4, 2018 #7

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    Uh, you need to find a different vet. No, you should not just let unneutered rabbits 'fight it out'. What kind of vet would even in good conscience advise any pet owner to do that. Not only do you risk serious injury occurring and a huge vet bill to fix any damage caused, but an injury could be permanently debilitating to one or both rabbits, or could even be fatal. This vet is definitely NOT an experienced rabbit vet and should not be giving potentially harmful advise like this.

    With regards to the dandruff, on occasion dandruff could just be dry skin, but more often it is a sign of fur mites. So if it continues to progressively worsen and you see increased scratching and thinning fur in the area, those are sure signs of mites. Fur mites are treated with ivermectin or Revolution(selamectin). Revolution is rx, so has to be done through your vet. Ivermectin you can get through your vet or I bought mine otc online(or available at livestock feed stores) as 1% injectable ivermectin, which I administer orally using an oral syringe.

    If ivermectin is used it is extremely important to ensure dosing is correct as only a minuscule amount is used and an OD can occur very easily. Here is info on fur mites in rabbits and the treatment and dosage used. There are also pictures to show you what it may look like to compare your own bun to.
    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_diseases/Parasitic/furmite/fur_mite.htm
    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00dis/Parasitic/Cheyletiellosis.htm (selamectin dosage)
     
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    that's what i looked online that i shouldn't put unneutered rabbits together because it's not safe and he's little bald behind the ears and front and just white flakes on his ears neck and face but no clumps of hair coming out and he been like this for a week and also he has a light brown line in both of his ears but the vet said it's just a line of how his ear folds and that it's just a dry skin molting because he's not used to good food And I'm really confused if he has it or not but I'll keep a eye on him to see if it gets worse then go for another visit but she also said broccoli and mango is bad for them? Is that True
     
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    Your vet is no good .... Yes they can have broccoli and mango. (but mango as a treet occasionally cause it has a lot of natural sugars in it)
     
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    Hello;
    When my rabbits got skin problems, we would use Mineral oil on their skin, it is a natural oil that wouldn't hurt them. (A lot of people use coconut oil now days but I haven't ever tried that on my rabbit, but do use it on my cats) Also for ear mites if unable to vet Poly Sporin for ears and then lots of mineral oil in the ear, it suffocates the mites and soothers the skin on their ears, ETC, the oil also loosens the scabby skin. Do the ear (Poly Sporin) twice a day and oil after first time only to keep moist. After the first time I use a Q-tip it helps clean the area and moisten. If there are parasites involved with the scabby skin make sure to dispose of it and not let any other rabbits near it either. You should see improvement in just a couple days, but if you have access to a vet that has exotic training see them, ( they call rabbits an exotic here and if you find one you will see a whole different side. My advise is home therapy that my vet advised me when I don't have access to him.
     
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    squidpop, I have a HUGE question regarding Revolution dose video that you posted.
    This is NOT how much we give here at all. For my 12 lbs rabbit, I just gave him 0.82 ml of 120 mg/ml dose !!! which is 3 (!!!) times more than they suggest in your video. Could someone please look at it and comment ? I m concerned
     
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    I personally would not trust this vet or take anything they say as accurate, based on the info they have given you that you've relayed. And I would not go back to them ever. In my opinion they clearly are not knowledgeable about rabbits. If it were me and based on the fur loss and dandruff, I would go ahead and treat for mites with revolution or ivermectin, based on the dosing info in the links above. If you can find a knowledgeable rabbit vet to go to for treatment, that is the best option.

    Find a reliable source for your rabbit info. Broccoli and mango are considered rabbit safe, but also keep in mind that some rabbits can get an upset stomach from cruciferous veggies, and sugary treats should be strictly limited if fed at all, and shouldn't be given if your bun has a sensitive stomach or develops mushy poop.
    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Food/Food_main.htm

    That dose is actually within the recommended amount. Recommended dose is 6-18mg/kg, and I would opt for the higher dose (especially if the treatment is for fleas) because of a rabbits faster metabolism. So at 12lb, the dose would be 98mg, which is what you are applying. Here's one reference for the dosage amount.
    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_diseases/Parasitic/fleas/Fleas.htm
     
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    If he has ear mites there's a home remedy of olive oil, just put a few drops in his ears. It is normal if he tries to shake his heads or starts grooming himself after, also his hair will appear yellow from the olive oil and he may get a funky hairdue afterwards. The olive oil will pretty much drown the mites and go away after continuous appliance. Do this immediately if your rabbit had mites because they can spread and cause a much worse outcome to different areas. DO NOT try to get the scalieness out of the ears, this can cause the ears to bleed and bacteria to form. Separate the rabbit from other rabbits/pets immediately and clean their pen constantly because the scale that falls from the head can infect the rabbit again, and ear mites is contagious. Hope this helps!
     
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    I think it was someone's post I read here that finally convinced me to try Yesterdays News, and it is AMAZING. I was having to change litter 2-3 times a week because of the mess and the smell and now I can almost wait a week. My bun has odd habits: He poops in his feeding box and pees in the old, original, corner litter pan he started with (which is another actually hilarious story of its own, because he's almost too big to stand on that little grate), but I put a cup of YN pellets in each, just enough to line the bottom, and it has cut my maintenance down exponentially. I still have to scoop poopy hay once every couple days, but my living room has ceased smelling like dirty bunny since I started using YN.
     
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    Yesterday's News (only get unscented!!) does work well. I used to used it all the time and is my 2nd favorite litter. It wasn't until I joined this forum that I was introduced to wood pellets.

    Wood pellets (not shavings) look exactly like YN, but, in my opinion, works even a tad better at odor absorption. Better yet, however, is that it is waay cheaper! A 40lb bag is only $5-$7 (depending on where you live). And I use less of the wood pellets than I did of YN because the wood expands so much.

    @ Jascoe, If you got a nice roomy-sized litter box, I bet your guy would do all his pottying in the one box -- especially if you top it with hay. You can see that set up here.
     
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    I have used Yesterday's News for a little while now and LOVE it. I have three tall bins in their room, one for YN, one for food and one for hay. I also have a few cubes filled with treats. Originally some of the treats I purchased I found out are bad for them. Like oat sprays, corn husks and anything yogurt. Why do they sell these things knowing they are bad for buns?
     
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    That's a good question! It drives me crazy that they do that. I still don't like that they sell "gourmet" mixes of rabbit pellets that have corn and seeds and other junk in them -- bad for bunnies!!:eek:

    Any packaged treats with seeds or corn kernels is bad for them, :( yet they still market them.
     
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    They want to make money thinking you'll buy it cause it looks more appetizing to you they don't care about the rabbits health
     
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