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Dermatology: alopecia

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Introduction

  • Alopecia is commonly associated with rabbit dermatoses, but is not specific for any one disease.
  • Cause: dermatophyte infection, self-trauma, natural causes, barbering.
  • Signs: hair loss.
  • Diagnosis: investigation of the hair loss in a systematic way allows narrowing of the differential diagnosis.
  • Treatment: treat underlying cause(s).
  • Prognosis: depends on underlying cause(s).

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Presenting signs

  • Areas of fur/hair loss.
  • Underlying skin may be normal or abnormal.

Public health considerations

  • Dependent on diagnosis; some potential diagnoses are zoonotic.

Cost considerations

  • Dependent on diagnosis; may be considerable.

Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Other considerations

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Scarff D (2008) Skin diseases of pet rabbits. UK Vet: Companion Animal 13 (2), 66-75 VetMedResource.
  • Florizoone K, van der Luer R & van den Ingh T (2007) Symmetrical alopecia, scaling and hepatitis in a rabbit. Vet Derm 18 (3), 161-164 PubMed.
  • Florizoone K (2005) Thymoma-associated exfoliative dermatitis in a rabbit. Vet Derm 16 (4), 281-284 PubMed.
  • White S D, Bourdeau P & Meredith A (2003) Dermatological problems of rabbits. Comp Cont Educ Pract Vet 25 (2), 90-101 SemanticScholar.
  • 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.

Other sources of information

  • Paterson S & Varga M (2018) Skin Diseases of Rabbits. In: Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents Clinical Medicine and Surgery. 4th edn. Elsevier, USA.
  • Varga M (2014) Skin Diseases. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Elsevier, UK.
  • Paterson s (Ed) (2006) Skin Disease of Exotic Pets. Blackwell Science, UK.
  • Harcourt Brown F (2002) Skin diseases. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. Butterworth-Heinemann, UK. ISBN: 0750640022.

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