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Image Sunbathing rabbit
Rabbits appear to enjoy sunbathing. This healthy rabbit is lying stretched out, half asleep in the sunshine. It is tempting to assume that it is topping up its vitamin D level but like the rest of us it probably just enjoys lying in warm calm sunshine.
Located in Media / People and portraits
Image Skull of an elderly pet rabbit with healthy dentition
This image shows the skull of an 10 year old Dutch rabbit that was euthanased because she had a malignant tumour in her neck. She has healthy dentition
Located in Media / Skulls
Image Skull of a rabbit with very advanced dental disease
This skull shows the change that take place in the teeth and bones of rabbits in the end stages of the progressive syndrome of acquired dental disease (PSADD). The crowns of the teeth have either broken of or are disintegrating. The apices of the teeth are long and the bone is very thin. A more detailed description of the changes can be seen on a copy of this image that has arrows on it to highlight the changes..
Located in Media / Skulls
Image Mineral blocks ( 1/19)
Mineral blocks can provide an alarmingly high amount of calcium to rabbits that chew large amounts. The calcium content is approximately 19% and there is very little water. A rabbit would only need to eat a nineteenth of one of the bars shown in this image to meet the Recommended Daily Allowance of 500mg. If the rabbit chews large amounts, it places a high burden on the kidneys and bladder to excrete the large amount of calcium. This would be alright in a rabbit with a healthy urinary tract but could easily cause problems in a rabbit with compromised kidney or bladder function. Another problem with mineral blocks is the small particle size of the powder. These particles will be moved into the caecum by the motility of the hindgut and could add to impaction problems in rabbits that are dehydrated or have consumed large amounts of the block. They also have a very low phosphorus content and a highly inverse calcium to phosphorus ratio.
Located in Media / Diet
Image Cystic liver
Biliary cysts occasionally occur in rabbits. They are usually benign but may become calcified so they are visible on abdominal radiographs
Located in Media / Post-mortem images
Image Sunbathing
Wild rabbits and those pet rabbits that have access to sunshine enjoy basking in the sun.
Located in Media / People and portraits
Image Basking in sun
Located in Media / Physiology / Calcium metabolism
Image Normal rabbit urine
The colour of normal rabbit urine is variable. It may be any shade of yellow, orange, red or brown. It often contains calcium carbonate sediment. Excreting surplus calcium into the urine is the rabbit's way of regulating the amount of calcium in the body so the presence of sediment is normal.
Located in Media / Urogenital