Our Rex rabbit has recently become pregnant and had a miscarriage. She still keeps plucking fur on the back of her neck like she is still making a nest. She has plucked her fur so much she caused a wound and it has become infected. We are currently treating the wound with gauze, self-stick medical tape, and anti-bacterial/infection spray. We are dressing the wound 3x daily. My concern is it is not enough. I have decent medical knowledge regarding reptiles and know decently well about rabbits and breeding. Below is a picture of the infection/wound:

Rabbit Injury

If somebody could give advice whether dressing the wound and keeping it clean should be enough or if more action is needed that would be fantastic. Thanks in advance!

Info about rabbits:

  • There are currently 5 rex rabbits living together.
  • There is no aggression between the rabbits: it's not a fight injury
  • The injury is located where rabbits normally pluck fur for nesting
  • They currently live in a rabbit hutch: half chicken wire/half wooden house
  • has there been any pus or other signs of infection? Lethargy, fever..?
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 2:17
  • There has been pus after dressing the wounds and pretty lethargic. She has been pretty lethargic since she became pregnant even after the miscarriage. She has not become 'more' lethargic if that makes sense. No fever though. The wound itself is pretty disgusting though. Hard to tell from the photo but it's about the diameter of a quarter. Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 4:44
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    To be honest - I would be taking her to the vet to get her checked out.
    – user6796
    Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 5:05
  • Are all 5 of the rabbits girls? How did she get pregnant? How old are the rabbits? Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 9:12
  • We bought the rabbits from an auction. She was pregnant when we bought her. She had the miscarriage I'm assuming from the stress of moving so much. There are 2 boys but they are not sexually mature yet. There are 2 girls (including the 1 listed above) that are sexually mature and 1 that is not. It's hard to determine an age since they were originally going to be killed. They are free from worms and other parasites. They had a rabbit version of wet tail but we were able to fix that. Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 18:10

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When the home treatment of a pet's wound does not heal the injury, the only followup solution is to take the pet to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.

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