Textbook of rabbit medicine
Textbook of rabbit medicine
3rd ed., 464 pages, 100 ill., Elsevier, January 2023
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Provide effective treatment of pet rabbits with this practical, evidence-based resource! Textbook of Rabbit Medicine, 3rd Edition provides authoritative coverage of the health and diseases of the domestic rabbit. Chapters follow a logical progression from basic rabbit science to clinical pathology, therapeutics, anesthesia, diseases and disorders by body system, and surgery. This edition is updated with the latest advances and techniques, and includes practical advice on topics such as vaccination, neutering and reproductive control, and behavior problems. Written by exotics specialist Molly Varga Smith, and drawing from clinical information from around the world, this book is a truly global resource in veterinary medicine.
  • Comprehensive, in-depth, and authoritative coverage addresses health and diseases of the domestic rabbit.
  • Evidence-based coverage makes this book an excellent resource for the effective treatment of pet rabbits.
  • Color illustrations and diagrams help to emphasize and clarify key content.
  • Detailed drawings provide a clear understanding of the rabbit’s unique anatomy and physiology.
  • Key Points boxes summarize important information.
  • Clinical Techniques boxes are packed with tips from a practicing expert who regularly applies this same information in practice.
  • Summary tables highlight useful information such as differential diagnoses and the drugs used to treat specific conditions.

Title page
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Part I: Rabbit Basic Science
1: Rabbit Basic Science
1.1. Biological Characteristics of the Domestic Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
1.2. Housing and Husbandry
1.3. Digestive Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition
1.4. Taking a Clinical History
1.5. Handling
1.6. External Characteristics and Physical Examination
1.7. Reproduction and Neutering
1.8. Vaccination and Preventive Medicine
1.9. Stress
1.10. Hospitalization and Clinical Techniques
Part II: Rabbit Medicine
2: Clinical Pathology
2.1. Hematology and Biochemistry
2.2. Hematology
2.3. Biochemistry
2.4. Enzymes
2.5. Acid–Base Balance
2.6. Hormones
2.7. Adrenal Hormones
2.8. Thyroid Hormones
2.9. Miscellaneous Assays
2.10. Urine Examination
2.11. Feces Examination
2.12. Laboratory Examination of Hair
2.13. Cerebrospinal Fluid
3: Therapeutics
3.1. Special Considerations When Prescribing for Rabbits
3.2. Veterinary Medicines That Are Used in Rabbits
3.3. Probiotics
3.4. Prebiotics
3.5. Antifungal Preparations
3.6. Corticosteroids
3.7. Anabolic Steroids
3.8. Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs
3.9. Prokinetic Drugs
3.10. Parasiticides
3.11. Miscellaneous Preparations
3.12. Topical Preparations
3.13. Cardiac Drugs
3.14. Respiratory Drugs
3.15. Urinary Tract Drugs
3.16. Drugs Used in Peripheral or Central Vestibular Disease
3.17. Drugs Used for Seizures
3.18. Fluid Therapy
4: Anesthesia and Analgesia
4.1. Challenges Encountered When Anesthetizing Rabbits
4.2. Reducing Anesthetic Risk in Rabbits
4.3. Anesthetic Equipment
4.4. Drugs, Analgesics, and Anesthetic Agents Used in Rabbit Anesthesia
4.5. Maintenance of Anesthesia
4.6. Monitoring Anesthesia
4.7. Use of Ventilators
4.8. Postoperative Care
5: Digestive Disorders
5.1. Digestive Physiology
5.2. Interrelating Factors in Digestive Disease
5.3. Gastrointestinal Hypomotility
5.4. Gastric Ulceration
5.5. Gastric Dilatation and Intestinal Obstruction
5.6. Disorders of Caecotrophy
5.7. Epizootic Rabbit Enteropathy
5.8. Caecal Impaction
5.9. Dysautonomia
5.10. Enteric Diseases Caused by Specific Pathogens
5.11. Poisoning
5.12. Approach to an Outbreak of Enteric Disease in a Breeding Colony
6: Dental Disease
6.1. Dental Anatomy of the Domestic Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
6.2. Mastication
6.3. Factors That Affect Tooth Shape in Rabbits
6.4. Dental Disorders of Pet Rabbits
6.5. Acquired Dental Disease in Pet Rabbits
6.6. Clinical Conditions Associated With Dental Problems in Rabbits
6.7. Examination of the Teeth
6.8. Radiography
6.9. Treatment of Dental Disorders of Rabbits
6.10. Dietary Advice for Rabbits With Dental Disease
7: Abscesses
7.1. Causes of Abscesses in Pet Rabbits
7.2. Diagnosis of Abscesses in Rabbits
7.3. Treatment of Abscesses
7.4. Prognosis for Facial Abscesses in Rabbits
8: Skin Diseases
8.1. Underlying Causes of Skin Disease in Rabbits
8.2. Examination of the Skin
8.3. Grooming and Dematting Rabbits
8.4. Molting
8.5. Alopecia
8.6. Injection Reactions
8.7. Dermatitis and Bacterial Skin Disease
8.8. Fly Strike (Myiasis)
8.9. Disease of the Outer Ear
8.10. Ulcerative Pododermatitis
8.11. Contact Dermatitis
8.12. Self-Mutilation
8.13. Eosinophilic Granuloma
8.14. Treponematosis or “Rabbit Syphilis”
8.15. Parasitic Skin Disease
8.16. Ringworm
8.17. Skin Nodules
8.18. Papillomas
8.19. Diseases of the Mammary Gland
8.20. Connective Tissue Disease
8.21. Sebaceous Adenitis
9: Ophthalmic Diseases
9.1. Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
9.2. Conjunctival Flora
9.3. Examination of the Eye
9.4. Relationship Between Dental Disease and Ophthalmic Conditions of Pet Rabbits
9.5. Congenital Ocular Conditions
9.6. Diseases of the Eyelids and Conjunctiva
9.7. Diseases of the Globe
9.8. Intraocular Neoplasia
9.9. Enucleation of the Eye of a Rabbit
10: Neurological and Locomotor Disorders
10.1. Investigation of Neurological and Locomotor Disorders
10.2. Lameness
10.3. Neurological Diseases
10.4. Encephalitozoon cuniculi
10.5. Seizures
10.6. Generalized Muscular Weakness in Rabbits
10.7. Spinal Disorders
11: Cardiorespiratory Disease
11.1. Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System
11.2. Respiratory Diseases
11.3. Nasal Foreign Bodies
11.4. Dyspnea
11.5. Heat Stroke
11.6. Cardiovascular Disease
12: Urogenital Diseases
12.1. Anatomy of the Urogenital Tract
12.2. Renal Function in Rabbits
12.3. Urine Examination
12.4. Lower Urinary Tract Disease
12.5. Renal Disease
12.6. Reproductive Disease
13: Endocrine Diseases
13.1. The Pancreas
13.2. The Adrenal Gland
13.3. The Thyroid Gland
13.4. The Parathyroid Gland
13.5. Anterior Pituitary Gland
14: Infectious Diseases of Domestic Rabbits
14.1. Parasites of Rabbits
14.2. Ectoparasites
14.3. Endoparasites
14.4. Protozoa
14.5. Bacterial Diseases
14.6. Viral Diseases
14.7. Mycotic Infections
15: Shelter Medicine for Domestic Rabbits
15.1. What Is Shelter Medicine, and How Do We Apply This to Domestic Rabbits?
15.2. Decision-Making, Ethics, and Welfare
15.3. Biosecurity, Disease Transmission, and Infectious Disease Outbreaks
15.4. Preventive Medicine
15.5. Dealing With Encephalitozoonosis in a Shelter Environment
15.6. Dealing With Coccidiosis in a Shelter Environment
15.7. Dealing With Pasteurella in a Shelter Environment
15.8. Recognizing and Addressing Stress in a Rabbit Shelter
15.9. Environmental Enrichment in a Shelter Environment
15.10. Recognizing Nonaccidental Injury
16: Diagnostic Imaging
16.1. Introduction
16.2. Radiography
16.3. Ultrasonography
16.4. Endoscopy
16.5. Computed Tomography
16.6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
17: Rabbit Basic Surgery
17.1. Surgical Consideration
17.2. Reproductive Tract Surgery
17.3. Surgery of the Urinary Tract
17.4. Surgery of the Gastrointestinal Tract
18: Neutering and Reproductive Control
18.1. Neutering
18.2. Chemical Control of Reproduction
19: Rabbit Advanced Surgery
19.1. Ear Surgeries
19.2. Nasal Cavity Surgeries
19.3. Thoracic Surgery
19.4. Liver Surgeries
19.5. Orthopedic Surgeries
Appendix A: Abdominal Distension: Female
Appendix B: Abdominal Distension: Male
Appendix C: Abnormal Respiration
Appendix D: Anorexia
Appendix E: Ataxia (Paresis, Paralysis, Head Tilt)
Appendix F: Changes to Fur or Skin
Appendix G: Exophthalmos
Appendix H: Diarrhea
Appendix I: Lameness
Appendix J: Polydipsia/Polyuria
Appendix K: Seizures
Appendix L: Sudden Death
Appendix M: Weight Loss

Molly Varga Smith
Molly Varga graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. After graduation, she spent the next 4 years working in small animal and exotic medicine in Canada. These varied experiences included working in multicenter urban practice in Toronto and a small exotics practice in rural Ontario. Her caseload included a lot of native wildlife, such as raccoons, skunks, and red-tailed hawks. Since returning to the UK in 1996, Dr. Varga has worked in both London and the North West and gained her Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007. She currently runs a first opinion and referral exotics service in a practice in East Cheshire.

Item Code: ANESO308
ISBN: 9780702084034
Weigth: 1300 g
Species: Exotic animals
Discipline: Internal medicine
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