Candy has had dry-skin issues with her ears for years. I clean them. I use lotions. I use medicated creams, and still, the fur doesn’t grow in. Yesterday, I took her to my wonderful vet, Dr. Meade, (who, by-the-way gives his total approval to her happy, healthy outdoor lifestyle.) He took a skin scraping and looked under the microscope, thinking that mites or lice could be the culprit. (These nasty bugs are species specific, so she wouldn’t be getting them from the chickens.) Nothing found. By process of elimination, we think it’s a fungal infection. Actually, it reminds me of a fungus that I’ve seen on horses – which results in the same build-up of dead skin and clumping fur.
Dr. Meade took his time cleaning her ears and then teaching me how to apply the anti-fungal lotion. I have to be careful not to get it into her eyes. The vet tech trimmed her nails way down (much braver than I – and she didn’t draw a drop of blood!) so that Candy can’t scratch her ears red. A trip to the vets can be stressful for a bunny, but they know how to hold her securely and move calmly. When Candy came home, she hopped into her hutch and looked at me, waiting for the dried banana chips – her favorite things in the entire universe.
Candy will have to stay in her hutch for a few days while her ears get treated. Right now, there’s bare skin, and since she loves to sunbathe, I don’t want her to get sunburned. I also want to keep her very clean. Candy is not going to be happy about this. Nor is she going to like having her ears handled twice a day and having medication rubbed on. You’ll see me carrying her in and out of the pen, wrapped in a towel. As long as she’s in that towel, she’s calm as can be. Getting her in it will take some doing! I’m off to buy more banana chips.