The most common rabbit health problems are: rabbit ear mites (Sphonoporus chebula), urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, and rabbit skin lesions (zeditzaondermatum). Each of these can potentially cause death if not treated promptly. In the case of mites, a vet should be consulted for treatment. In the case of infections, both the owner and the rabbit should be treated simultaneously with appropriate products.
Another popular myth about rabbits is that they don’t like to eat because they have dentitions. This is completely false because our pets really enjoy eating anything we put in their mouths, including leafy vegetables and even bits of cooked meat! This popular myth is partly based on the fact that most vets treat rabbit diseases with antibiotics. However, rabbits are very resilient creatures and can live for up to 6 months without a single dose of an antibiotic.
One of the most common rabbit health problems is Myxomatosis or Equine Myxomatosis. Myxomatosis is a condition in which the myoglobin is abnormally high in the blood. When the myoglobin is present in high concentration, it is known as e. cuniculi. Myxomatosis usually affects younger female rabbits more than older male rabbits. In addition, younger rabbits may have increased amounts of circulating albumin and white blood cells, which can also increase the risk of e. cuniculi.
The next myth surrounding rabbit health problems is that dental problems are caused by fly strikes. Fly strike is a common cause of dental disease in domestic animals like horses, dogs and cats. However, in rabbits the main cause of dental disease is not from a fly but from bacteria called Mange. Mange is highly infectious and can affect any area of the rabbit’s body; it can affect the gums, teeth, skin and eyelids.
Another common myth surrounding rabbit health problems is that poor diet or insufficient exercise causes them. Rabbits thrive on a natural balanced diet, with a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, minerals and leafy greens. Rabbits also need a good amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Most vets will recommend a combination of good veterinary medicine and good quality rabbit care and, if you feed your rabbit’s a poor quality commercial brand diet, they will suffer.
Another myth surrounding rabbits is that only vet clinics can treat their pet’s problems. In actuality, rabbits can be successfully treated at home using a rabbit health care plan. This is because many of the same problems that affect humans can also be potentially fatal in rabbits. If you are unsure what you are feeding your rabbit, you should consult your local rabbit vet for advice and, if your bunny is diagnosed with a condition, you should seek veterinary treatment immediately.