Diseases in Rabbits and their Relatives
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LIST OF DISEASES IN RABBITS AND THEIR RELATIVES:
  • Common Reasons for Presentation
  • By Main Signs/System Affected
  • By Disease Agent

This list page enables you to scroll down the diseases of lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and pikas). The diseases are grouped together, first indicating COMMON DISEASES AND REASONS FOR PRESENTATION, then with SIMILAR DISEASES DEFINED BY THE MAIN SIGNS OR SYSTEM AFFECTED e.g. all the diseases causing mainly respiratory signs or respiratory system pathology are in the group "Respiratory Diseases", and arranged by alphabetical order within the groups, and finally grouped by DISEASE AGENT TYPE (viral, bacterial etc.) again organised alphabetically within each group.

For further information linking diseases to the system or area of the body to assist in diagnosis see also: 

Common diseases, zoonoses etc.
Diseases by system/clinical signs
Diseases by agent type

 

Rabbits and their Relatives: Health & 
Management

FULL CONTENTS
Species Information Species Information
 Diseases
Drug Data Drug Data
Husbandry & Management Husbandry & Management
Disease Management Disease Investigation & Management
Further Reading Further Reading

DIRECTORY: Organisations working with Rabbits and their Relatives

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Common Diseases & Reasons for Presentation

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Common Diseases of Neonates, Juveniles and Hand-Reared Rabbits and their Relatives

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Congenital Diseases

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Common Findings and Reasons for Presentation of Casualty Rabbits and their Relatives

  • Road traffic accident (B199): 
  • Cat and dog bites (mainly juvenile rabbits with puncture wounds to the neck and back area.(V.w26)
  • Myxomatosis (rabbits and occasionally in hares)
    • It is generally considered that treatment for the disease is inappropriate due to the suffering of the animals and the possibility of permanent eye damage making release inadvisable. (V.w5, V.w26)
    • Supportive care has been described.(B151)
    • An amendment to the Pests Act 1954 makes it an offence to release a rabbit with signs of myxomatosis where other rabbits may become infected. (J35.147.w1)
  • Snare injuries. (B199): may be severe limb damage or skin loss. See: Foreign Body Entanglement and Snaring
    • When releasing an animal from a snare, great care should be taken that it cannot escape with the snare still attached. DO NOT SIMPLY CUT THE SNARE LOOSE LEAVING THE SNARE ATTACHED TO THE BODY.
  • External parasites may be present: Spilopsyllus cuniculi, the rabbit flea, which is the main vector of Myxomatosis, also ticks (Ixodes ricinus) and sucking lice. (B142) (See: Lice Infection, Tick Infection and Flea Infection in Mammals)
  • "Orphans": leverets, which are normally left alone during the day out in the open, are commonly mistakenly identified as orphans.

Other Important Diseases of Wild Lagomorphs

(D24, B142, B151, P8.3.w4, J61.1.w2, J525.14.w1, V.w5, V.w26)

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Zoonoses

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Diseases reported only from Presence of Antibodies, or as a Host with no Clinical Signs

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Skin Diseases

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Respiratory Diseases

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Musculo-Skeletal, Locomotor and Nervous Diseases

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Cardiac / Circulatory Diseases

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Dental / Oral Diseases

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Digestive System / Gastro-Intestinal Diseases

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Hepatic Diseases

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Renal / Urogenital Diseases

Causes of infertility

See also:

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Eye / Ear Diseases

Aural Ocular

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Systemic Diseases

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Viral Diseases

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Bacterial Diseases

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Fungal / Algal Diseases

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Parasitic Diseases

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Toxic Diseases

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Micro-nutrient (Vitamin / Mineral) Diseases

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Physical / Traumatic Diseases

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Miscellaneous / Multifactorial / Metabolic Diseases

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