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Companion animal practice
Dental disease in pet rabbits 3. Jaw abscesses
  1. Frances Harcourt-Brown

    Frances Harcourt-Brown qualified from Liverpool in 1973 and is in general practice in Harrogate where rabbits form over 80 per cent of her caseload. She is the only RCVSrecognised specialist in rabbit medicine and surgery. She is a past-recipient of both the BSAVA's Melton and Dunkin awards and has twice received the BVA's William Hunting Award. She holds an FRCVS for studies on metabolic bone disease as a possible cause of dental disease in pet rabbits.


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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