Table 1:

Differential diagnoses for skin disease in pet rabbits based on the clinical signs

Clinical signsDifferential diagnosis
PruritusFleas
Fur mites
Ear mites
Sarcoptic mange
Demodicosis
Harvest mites
Lice
ScalingFur mites
Psoroptes (initial presentation)
Demodicosis
Dermatophytosis
Lice
Sebaceous adenitis
CrustsEar mites (Psoroptes)
Sarcoptic mange
Rabbit syphilis
Dermatophytosis
Matted furMoulting
Fur mites
Moist dermatitis
NodulesAbscess
Myxomatosis
Dermal fibrosis
Neoplasm
Cellulitis
AlopeciaPregnancy
Pseudopregnancy
Barbering
Mites
Dermatophytosis
Moist dermatitis
Sebaceous adenitis
Cutaneous tumour
Urine scaldingPolyuria (Encephalitozoon cuniculi, renal disease, cystitis)
Inability to stand during urination (general debilitation, arthritis, pain, limb amputation, pododermatitis)
Reduced grooming (obesity, dental disease)
Immobility (chronic stress, small hutch, general debilitation)