1. Causes and effects
ANOREXIA is a common reason for pet rabbits to be presented for veterinary treatment and there is a long list of potential causes, including pain, stress, dental disease, chronic renal failure and various digestive disorders. Certain physiological characteristics of rabbits make them particularly vulnerable to the effects of anorexia and many will die without treatment. Prompt and accurate diagnosis is vital. This article describes the digestive physiology of rabbits and discusses the causes and effects of anorexia in this species. The diagnosis and treatment of anorexia in rabbits will be discussed in an article in the next issue.
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