Jaw abscesses are a common problem in pet rabbits and are usually caused by underlying dental disease. Although they are not straightforward to treat, many cases are curable. This article discusses the causes of jaw abscesses, outlines some prognostic indicators and describes an approach to successful treatment. Normal dentition, pathogenesis and aetiology of dental disease in rabbits were reviewed in Part 1 of this series of articles (In Practice, volume 31, pp 370–379), while diagnosis and treatment were considered in Part 2 (In Practice, volume 31, pp 432–445).
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