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Checking For Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps may be caused by a range of diseases. Some of these are of little consequence to your pet but others are potentially serious. It is important to catch the serious ones early and get them checked out by your vet because early treatment can make all the difference between success
and failure.

Check your rabbit regularly for lumps and swellings

How to check for lumps and bumps

Most rabbits have a thick coat so you are unlikely to see any unusual lumps or bumps unless they are very large. To make sure that you spot any new swellings, you should make a habit of running your hands all over your rabbit’s body at least once/month. It is also a good idea to look in and around
your rabbit’s mouth, if you can do so safely. If you do find a lump, it is important to take your rabbit to the vet to get it checked out.

Ask your vet to check out any swellings or lumps

Common causes of skin swellings

The conditions that most commonly cause skin swellings in rabbits are:

  1. Abscesses: These can be difficult to treat so involve your vet at an early stage
  2. Warts: Warts may turn into malignant tumours so they should be seen by a vet as soon as you spot them
  3. Lipomas (benign fatty tumours): Lipomas usually cause no problems but can interfere with mobility
  4. Myxomas: Myxomas may develop in rabbits with chronic myxomatosis (a viral disease of rabbits that is frequently fatal); it is advisable to vaccinate your rabbit against this disease.

Any lump may turn out to be something serious, and all lumps should be evaluated by a vet when first noticed. However, you should be particularly careful about any swelling that changes in size, shape or colour.

Keeping your rabbit safe

Making sure that you find any lumps or growths early is the best way to keep your rabbit safe. To do
this you should:

  • Run your hands over your rabbit at least once/month
  • Get anything abnormal checked out by a vet
  • Make sure a vet checks your rabbit over periodically.

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