Hey all. Does anyone have any idea what might cause redness on a rabbit's back? Grooming my rabbit, I just found a large hairless spot on his back. It's very red. It looked kind of bloody, but it wasn't bleeding. It was more of an under the skin bloody sort of thing. He seriously freaked out and panicked when I tried to get a good look at it. I'd rather not try that again right now.
I think he's had problems with this spot before, but it's hard to be absolutely certain that it's the same spot. Back in May we took him to the vet and had them do a skin scraping of the area because it was bald and pink. He had mites before, so we thought they may have come back. That test came back negative. The vet believed it was a case of over-grooming, so I haven't ruled that out here. He recently got a new bond mate, so she also may be over-grooming him or something. We had the new bunny checked a month ago and she received a clean bill of health, fyi.
It's really hard to tell what it is. I didn't see any swelling, just a lot of extremely irritated skin. I have not noticed any other abnormal behaviors. He has been reclusive, but both of the bunnies have been for weeks. His bond mate was really frightened of everything when she moved in with us, and I think that freaked him out too. We had a new roommate move in, and a lot of new people have been around our apartment. Between that and bonding there have certainly been no shortage of stressors.
If anyone has experience with this sort of thing, I'd love to get some direction. My internet searches have proved useless so far. I'm taking him to the vet ASAP, before anyone asks .