Susan Kelleher, DVM
A 4 year old neutered male rabbit weighing 1.98 kg presented in December of 2002 for a 1 year history of nasal discharge and violent sneezing.
Since rabbits are a highly sensitive prey species, a very conscientious effort needs to be made to reduce stress, pain and any other factors that could be a detriment to their health in the peri-operative period.
Gastrointestinal problems are by far one of the most common problems that initiate a visit to the vet for the pet rabbit.
Deciding to open your practice to seeing avian and exotic patients is definitely a great idea. Avian and exotic pets are growing in numbers and people are just as, and sometimes even more attached to them as others are to their pet dogs and cats.
Rabbits with respiratory disease may present with a variety of clinical signs.