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Image Young rabbit eating apple
In the autumn, many apples can fall from trees as windfalls. These are very palatable for rabbits. They will feat on them and eat the whole apple, including the pips, without ill effects. There are no confirmed reports of illness in rabbits caused by apple pips.
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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.
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Image Liver from a normal rabbit
A post mortem examination showing the liver form a normal rabbit. The edges are sharp the surface colour is relatively homogenous but when examined closely the lobules can be seen. It can be difficult to prevent hair form drifting onto the surface of organs during this type of examination.
Located in Media / Post-mortem images
Image A ventral view of the inital appearance of a rabbit with RHD at post-mortem examination
This half grown female wild rabbit was found having died suddenly. There were no signs of external injury. Post-mortem examination revealed a full gastrointestinal tract - the rabbit had been eating up until an hour or two before death. The liver was enlarged and mottled, the lungs contained several haemorrhages.
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Image ECMAScript program Ascites
Ascites is rare in rabbits but can occur in association with the same conditions that cause ascites in other species such as cardiac or liver disease. This radiograph shows the dorsoventral view of the abdomen of a 6 year old entire female with a metastasised uterine adenocarcinoma. There were areas of calcification in the uterus (white arrow).
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