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Hello, I am new to this site and we have a wonderful Flemish Giant house rabbit that has developed sores in the corners of his mouth. We clean with q-tips and apply neosporin but they have lingered for a month or so. No unusual behaviour, he eats well and is acting normal. He has the run of the house and we let him run freely in the yard on occasion while watching. Any thoughts on the cause or cure? We love him dearly!
 

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Could you post a clear close up photo of it? There are a couple possible skin conditions that could cause something like this.
 

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We clean with Q-Tip and Neosporin and they appear on both corners of mouth. He's a house rabbit but runs in the yard every so often under supervision Any suggestions as to Cause & Cure would be greatly appreciated
 

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If you aren't seeing any signs of drooling that could be causing irritation to the area(which wet or crusty fur around the mouth from drooling doesn't appear to be present in the photo), then there are a few possible skin conditions that can cause this. One would be fungal dermatitis and the other is rabbit syphilis. A bacterial skin infection may also be a possibility, but the first two are more likely to present with sores around the mouth like this.

Fungal dermatitis and rabbit syphilis can have a similar look at the start, so it can be hard to deterimine which it might be. If you happen to find bumps and lesions/crusting around the nose, eyes, or genitals as well, there's a good possibility it's rabbit syphilis. If it's just around the mouth at this stage, it could be either. For treatment, it's best to have your rabbit checked over by an experienced rabbit vet so the correct treatment and rabbit safe meds can be given.

Medirabbit: rabbit syphilis

Medirabbit: atypical rabbit syphilis


Medirabbit: fungal dermatitis

 

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If you aren't seeing any signs of drooling that could be causing irritation to the area(which wet or crusty fur around the mouth from drooling doesn't appear to be present in the photo), then there are a few possible skin conditions that can cause this. One would be fungal dermatitis and the other is rabbit syphilis. A bacterial skin infection may also be a possibility, but the first two are more likely to present with sores around the mouth like this.

Fungal dermatitis and rabbit syphilis can have a similar look at the start, so it can be hard to deterimine which it might be. If you happen to find bumps and lesions/crusting around the nose, eyes, or genitals as well, there's a good possibility it's rabbit syphilis. If it's just around the mouth at this stage, it could be either. For treatment, it's best to have your rabbit checked over by an experienced rabbit vet so the correct treatment and rabbit safe meds can be given.

Medirabbit: rabbit syphilis

Medirabbit: atypical rabbit syphilis


Medirabbit: fungal dermatitis

Thanks so very much for your detailed response...it's greatly appreciated
 

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