Nasty Green Skin Infection!
If your rabbit has wet fur, might be missing some fur, has skin irritation or has a patch of unmistakable green fur they most likely are suffering from a pseudomonas skin infection. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa is a causative pathogen that causes a nasty looking codition to the skin and fur of rabbits. The condition is a form of moist dermatitis.
In all our years with rabbits we have only once seen it first hand. It most often occurs in rabbitries using automatic watering systems. Typically it is caused when a rabbit sits against or under a waterer that is leaking or by being pressed is actively flowing. This causes the skin and fur to be continually wet. Bacteria steps in and causes the fur to turn a green-blue color which can extend down into the flesh. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa can be treated with antibiotics like a topical application of gentamicin. Consult a rabbit saavy vet as this may require a prescription. In addition to treating the affected area the watering sysytem needs to be addressed.
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the watering system along with maintenance of all fittings that may be leaking will go a long way in preventing this situation.
Here’s a link to some more in depth info on the subject.
June 29, 2017 / TRR / 0