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» Did you know rabbits need worming too?

We all know the importance of worming our cats and dogs, but did you know about rabbits and how important it is to worm them too? E.cuniculi is a microscopic parasite that lives in the body cell of the host. Apparently over 50% of healthy pet rabbits have been exposed to this parasite and if left untreated it can have some awful consequences. These can include:

-Seizures

-Urinary incontinence (caused from lesions in the central nervous system)

-Kidney disease

-Head tilt

-Blindness

-Scalding

-Weakness of the hind limbs

-Loss of balance

-Coma

....and even death.

 
It is very widespread across the UK but how is it spread? In the majority of rabbits it is likely that they got infected from their mother. It is usually spread orally via ingestion of urine that is contaminated by E. Cuniculi spores. The spores will be shed through the urine a month after the rabbit is infected. Spore are resistant beings that can remain in the environment for more than a month. The rabbit will continue to shed the spores for up to 3 months and possibly on and off for life.  
It wasn’t until recent years that there was something to actually help prevent such a horrible parasite from affecting our rabbits. It's easy to administer at home for you too, please just ask! We offer free nurse consultations to check rabbits over and discuss diet, husbandry and preventative medication or you can ask one of our vets a the time of vaccination. 
It is important to remember that rabbits can become very ill very quickly and should be seen by a vet as soon as you notice any abnormalities in their behaviour, eating or defecation. 
Menna RVN MBVNA

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