Sore on side of nose

by daphney

I have a 16 week old rabbit. 2 days ago I noticed a sore on the side of his nose. I have looked endlessly on the internet to see what it might be, I have gone to 2 vets and they don't know if it's an infection or just a sore.

It's an indoor rabbit and is not in contact with any other rabbits.

I have attached a photo of the sore, hope you can help.

Thank you for your time,

***** Karen Sez *****

Excellent pic, thanks Daphney. I'm not a vet so can't diagnose, especially from here, but do you suppose your rabbit simply injured itself on something sharp? If so, it will have healed within a couple days and be good as new.

That pic looks every bit like just a bloody scratch. I'm pretty sure that's all it is.

There's one other fairly unpleasant possibility, depending on what has happened with that sore since you snapped that picture.

Could that sore possibly be a sign of rabbit syphilis? In which case the rabbit would have contracted it from either a parent or possibly from some other rabbit in the past. Rabbit syphilis has the ability to manifest with scabby sores in the vent area which can spread to other areas by contact, especially to the face region. (Does he or did he have any sores on his vent area?) Rarely, the face lesions can be the primary ones. Also, the rabbit's immune system can heal those lesions but not the infection, which remains in the blood stream. (There is no chance of transmission to humans. The human variety is a different bug.)

Take a look at the pics on this page:, and see if there are any similarities. (I don't see anything that remotely resembles your pic, but then, some time has elapsed between these comments and the time your picture was does it look now?)

Sure hope I'm wrong about this second guess. If the sore simply healed over, then all's well that ends well.

But, if that wound got reddened, moist or scabby before healing, I'd suggest visiting a vet and requesting a blood test just to make sure one way or the other.

The good news is that rabbit syphilis can be cured with penicillin...but I do hope I'm just barking up some odd tree, here!

Good luck.

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Sep 26, 2012
Sore nose
by: Pat

I find that by trimming nails every 2 weeks my rabbits don't often get scratches on their nose.
When they do, I use a hydro cortisone spray.
Keep on the look out for flies - they will lay eggs in a sore. If the sore lumps up, sterilize it, sterilize a tweezer and pop the sore, get the pus out, then remove any maggots. Re-sterilize.
Good luck.

PS: If the rabbit is washing its face a lot, check for ear mites. There are ear mite medicines at most pet stores.

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