Small Furry Animals

Small Furry Animals - Small Furry Animals VS 441 Rabbits...

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Rabbits House Rabbit Society: http://www.rabbit.org Popular as house pets Same problems as with other “exotics”—lack of knowledge of husbandry
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Rabbits—dietary problems Gastrointestinal stasis Rabbits are hindgut fermenters Inadequate fiber/excessive CHO diet alters motility Other systemic disases may also contribute Trichobezoars, foreign maaterial
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GI stasis Clinical signs Gradual decrease in appetite, activity Decreased production of stool Pain—hunched appearance, anorexia, abdominal distension Dehydration
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GI stasis Dx- PE, history, clinical signs Radiographs Treatment Non-obstructive— Dietary modification Medication– GI stimulants, pain relief Obstructive—an emergency Surgery
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Dietary recommendations Fiber Major portion of diet should be hay and fresh greens Other vegetables in moderation Most pet rabbits do not need pelleted feeds Adequate fresh water
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2009 for the course VS 441 taught by Professor Newell during the Fall '03 term at Becker College.

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