Preventive veterinary medicine in rabbits

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K. Hermans

Published Oct 28, 2021


In this article, an overview is provided of possible preventive measures that can be taken to safeguard rabbit health. Yearly vaccination against myxomatosis and rabbit hemorrhagic disease for example is key, and should be advised to rabbit owners by every veterinarian. Providing correct feed is also generally accepted as very important in the prevention of both dental and gastrointestinal problems. Some aspects of the housing can help preventing health problems in rabbits, such as obesity, pododermatitis and urinary tract problems. Veterinarians less often advise owners to electively neuter their female rabbits. However, when performed before two years of age, it is an important way of preventing genital tumors such as the frequently occurring uterine adenocarcinoma. A thorough knowledge of veterinarians and a good communication with rabbit owners about the importance of the prevention of disease may aid in obtaining healthier pet rabbits with a better longevity.

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