Most rodents, both in captivity and released can be infested by parasites, and the rabbit is no exception. It is important to detect as soon as possible if your rabbit has been attacked by some, as the itching resulting from the attacks of these parasites causes the animal to scratch incessantly, but could be injuries, if infected, may pose a serious danger to our pets.
One of the most common diseases caused by these unwanted guests is scabies. This is caused by a mite that burrow under the skin of animal. Signs that our rabbit suffering from scabies include, among others, continually scratching due to itching, hair loss and a desescamación skin. Also, notice that the animal is restless and nervous in the cage and often lose their appetite.
So if you notice any of these symptoms, we must first isolate the animal if they live with other rabbits, because scabies is highly contagious and go to the vet to give specific treatment.
Sometimes the itch is located only in the ears, also caused by a mite of the same family. The symptoms are the same, with the peculiarity that only scratches the animal’s ears, as well as continually shaking his head. The procedure is the same as in the previous case.
Other parasites that can attack our rabbits are fleas and lice. Fleas, as in the case of other mammals such as dogs and cats are only annoying if you’re attacked in large numbers, but they can cause lice desescamación skin and hair loss.