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Dermatology: pruritus

Contributor(s): Stephen White, Ron Rees Davies, David Scarff, Molly Varga

Introduction

  • Cause: pruritus is sometimes a feature of rabbit skin disease; however it can be difficult to recognize, as rabbits find scratching of specific areas difficult (except the ears). Biting or chewing of areas that are accessible to the mouth is much more likely.
  • Signs: areas of wet fur, areas of alopecia, owner reports of scratching visualized.
  • Diagnosis: skin scrapings, acetate strip samples, hair plucks, Wood's lamp examination.

Public health considerations

  • Dependent on diagnosis.

Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Harvey C (1995) Rabbit and rodent skin diseases. Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 4 (4), 195-204 ScienceDirect.
  • Hillyer E V (1994) Pet rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 24 (1), 25-65 PubMed.
  • Timm K I (1988) Pruritus in rabbits, rodents, and ferrets. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 18 (5), 1077-1091 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Harcourt Brown F (2002) Skin diseases - Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford. ISBN: 0750640022.


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