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Incidence of rabbit diseases at an animal hospital  [2001]

Saito, K. Hasegawa, A.

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An investigation of the incidence of rabbit diseases among clinical cases at an animal hospital in Urawa, Saitama Prefecture from January 1997 to December 1998 showed that, during those 2 years, numbers of cases increased while average age at disease onset and average body weight decreased. The ratio of male to female rabbits affected was 54.7 : 45.3. Diseases were divided into 8 groups: dermatological, gastrointestinal, dental, ophthalmic, urogenital, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological (listed in order of frequency). Dermatological, gastrointestinal, and dental diseases all showed high incidence of 20 - 22%. The great discrepancies between these results and diseases incidences in dogs and cats may be related to differences in sensitivity to microbes and to characteristic rabbit physiological and anatomical features. Prevention and treatment require further study of the diseases with high incidence rates.

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Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association (Japan)

ISSN : 0446-6454