In Practice 24:450-467 doi:10.1136/inpract.24.8.450
  • Clinical Practice
  • Companion Animal Practice

Anorexia in rabbits

2. Diagnosis and treatment

  1. Frances Harcourt-Brown

    Frances Harcourt-Brown qualified from Liverpool in 1973 and is in general practice in Harrogate where rabbits form 80 per cent of her present workload. She is currently working on an FRCVS thesis entitled 'Metabolic bone disease and related dental problems in pet rabbits'. She is a past recipient of the BVA's William Hunting Award and the BSAVA's Melton and Dunkin Awards.


THE anorexic rabbit poses a huge diagnostic challenge to the veterinary clinician. An understanding of basic rabbit anatomy and physiology in conjunction with dedicated nursing, prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential for a successful outcome. Despite the multitude of problems associated with treating rabbits, they can be very rewarding patients and deserve a high standard of veterinary care. This article describes the approach to diagnosis and treatment of anorexia in rabbits. Part 1 (In Practice, July/August 2002, pp 358-367) discussed the causes and effects of anorexia in this species.

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