Pet rabbits can be infected by ear mites which are small parasites that live in the ear canals. They may stimulate excessive wax production that can lead to clinical signs such as head shaking, ear scratching and blood around the ear canal. They are seen most commonly in the lop-eared breeds.
Mites may also infect rabbits on the back and shoulders causing dry skin and dandruff. These mites can also cause a mild rash in humans, so treatment is vital.
Bedding must be changed regularly – at least once a week Ð otherwise your rabbitÕs feet can become ulcerated and infected. Feet should also be checked regularly and toenails clipped if necessary. Urine and faeces may also stick to the rabbits skin, especially around the areas that are in contact with the ground, such as the bottom area and back of the legs.
If not removed this can lead to fly strike, where maggots literally eat your rabbit alive. It is therefore essential to check your rabbit daily, especially in the warmer months to prevent this potentially deadly infestation.