If there is any inflammation or dermatitis present, your veterinarian will treat the barbered rat. But you may also want your veterinarian for further advice in preventing this from occuring in the future, such as isolating the barbered rat (s) and behavior modification therapy for the dominant rat(s). If the barbering is due to self-grooming, the veterinarian may have other behavior modification methods.
Stress and boredom are the main causes for this behavior. This can usually be avoided by providing your rats with diversions like toys, play objects, or any running toys or wheels. Provide the barbered rat with hiding areas, like tubes, to avoid being barbered by dominating rats.
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
A condition in which the skin becomes inflamed
A disorder in which animals bite the fur of subordinate animals as a method of establishing dominance.