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Companion animal practice
Gastrointestinal disease in rabbits 1. Gastric diseases


Gastrointestinal diseases in rabbits are being recognised with increasing frequency. A pet rabbit presented with anorexia, weight loss, changes in defecation and depression can present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for the clinician. Diet- and stress-related problems predominate, and preventive treatment plays a large role in managing these conditions. However, gastric ulceration and bacterial, viral, parasitic, idiopathic and neoplastic diseases are also seen frequently in pet rabbits. This article provides an overview of the common gastric conditions seen in rabbits, including their diagnosis and the options for treatment. The common causes, diagnosis and approach to the management of intestinal diseases will be discussed in an article to be published in the March issue of In Practice.

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