Urinary Incontinence in Rabbits

Summary Information
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General Description
  • Urine dribbles from the urethra onto the surrounding skin.
  • With urethral sphincter mechanism incontinence (USMI), this may be seen when the rabbit is asleep/relaxed, but with normal urination seen when the rabbit is active and alert. (B601.9.w9)
  • Commonly, perineal dermatitis and secondary infection. (B601.11.w11) See: Urine Scalding in Rabbits
Further Information
  • Identify and treat the underlying cause.
  • Treat the perineal dermatitis/infection: clip the hair, apply topical antiseptics and barrier creams, give analgesics and systemic antibiotics as required. See: Urine Scalding in Rabbits


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Disease Author Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD MRCVS (V.w5)
Referees Aidan Raftery MVB CertZooMed CBiol MIBiol MRCVS (V.w122)

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