Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Dr. Kohles regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

How can I tell if my rabbit’s uneven patchy shedding and dandruff are from fur mites?

The only way to know for sure is to have a test done, which allows a veterinarian to look for mites. There are multiple types of tests that can be completed, such as a skin scrape or tape test, which are looked at under a microscope. The potential mites/lice/etc. can then be identified and the correct treatment plan built.

Mites, unfortunately, are a fairly common issue we face in small herbivores, and all exotics for that matter.  Rabbits and other little ones also go through different types of sheds/molts as well, so the hair loss could be normal, but it’s not worth taking the risk when a simple, virtually painless test can tell us for sure. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health