Whats up doc?

by on June 29th, 2012

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Photo of rabbit being treated at Fitzalan House VetsWhat’s up doc is the punch line for the world’s most famous bunny, but the stark reality is that this could be the exact question rabbit owners will be asking when their rabbits begin to deteriorate, seemingly without reason. One possible cause is E.cuniculi, a microscopic parasite to which more than 50 per cent of all domestic rabbits are thought to have been exposed.

Infected rabbits can suffer a variety of illnesses including hind leg weakness, urinary incontinence, seizures, blindness and the sudden onset of head tilt, which is often mistaken for a stroke.

Not all rabbits show sign of disease and illness can flare up at any time. The parasite is spread by infected urine and from mother to babies, and some rabbits are outwardly healthy-looking carriers.

To control disease rabbits should be wormed 2-4 times a year. Contact us for for an appropriate worming product.

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