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Skin disease is a common clinical problem in rabbits. Abnormalities may be easily detected by the owner. This chapter addresses the approach to the skin case and examines the particular problems encountered with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease in rabbits. Parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral skin diseases are all included.

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17.2 typically causes scaling of the skin, with minimal pruritus.
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17.3 Rabbit with infection in one ear. Normal ear. Affected ear. Note tightly adherent crusts. (Courtesy of D Scarff)
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17.4 Myiasis (fly strike) with skin necrosis. (Courtesy of D Scarff)
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17.5 A healing fly strike wound.
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17.6 Rabbit with facial abscess. Abscesses have thick capsules and, when on the face, are typically related to dental disease. (Courtesy of D Scarff)
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17.7 Cellulitis on the dorsum due to bite wounds from another rabbit.
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17.8 Lesions of rabbit syphilis () on the muzzle, the foreleg and the eyelids. The same rabbit 1 week after treatment with systemic penicillin.
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17.9 Myxomatosis, showing typical lesions of facial swelling and vulval swelling.
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17.10 Vaccinated rabbit with milder form of myxomatosis. (Courtesy of D Scarff)
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17.11 Pododermatitis on the plantar surface of the hindlimb.
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17.12 Eosinophilic granuloma on the ventral abdomen. Impression smear of the lesion, showing large numbers of eosinophils.
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