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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Panting and Itching!
Last Post by Binky91 at 8/06/2012 10:56 PM (4 Replies)
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User is Offline Binky91
England
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8/05/2012 1:09 PM

My 13 week old Mini lop quite often flicks his ears about and then scratches them..just wondering if this could indicate a problem with his ears? or am i just being paranoid?

Also, sometimes when he just flops down on his tummy or side, I can see he's breathing quite quickly and heavily..is this normal ?

Thanks!

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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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8/05/2012 1:40 PM
It could be an issue. Often excessive shaking of the head and scratching could be an indication of mites

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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8/06/2012 4:15 AM
Ear flicking is common, but if he scratches repeatedly throughout the day you might have something going on there.
The quick panting after a flop is normal.

With a new baby bunny, I recommend a baseline vet exam even if he's totally healthy to get him established and make sure everything is ok, If you haven't done that yet, this would be a good time, with the vet checking his ears closely.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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8/06/2012 4:28 AM

Rabbits do groom their ears, so licking and scratching them are part of a normal grooming routine. If it becomes excessive, it can be a sign of mites or other issues. Definitely good to get a vet exam now so you can rule out any issues and learn what is a normal grooming routine for your bunny.

Heavy breathing is also normal, especially after running around, but again, it's important to have a baseline vet exam so you can tell if its normal for your bun or something indicating a problem.

- Elrohwen

User is Offline Binky91
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8/06/2012 10:56 PM
Ok, thanks all for your help . I'll be sure to get him in for a baseline exam as soon as I can.
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