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Cancer in unspayed female rabbits
Did you know that an non neutered female rabbit aged over 3 is at 60% risk of developing uterine cancer? This climbs as high as 80% once she reaches 6 years of age!
This type of cancer is extremely aggressive and can rapidly spread to other areas of the body.
Unfortunately there often aren’t any symptoms until the cancer is quite far progressed, by this time it has often spread to other areas of the patients body.
Symptoms that may develop as the cancer progresses are:
* weight loss* blood in the urine* bleeding or discharge from her vulva* coughing, wheezing and/or breathlessness* aggression* mammary masses* lethargy* abdominal masses
Surgery is required as soon as possible to remove the uterus and ovaries, if the cancer has spread to other organs no other treatment is possible.
Uterine cancer can be prevented by getting your rabbit spayed; this can usually be done around 5-6 months of age.Should you wish to discuss neutering your rabbit, please contact your veterinary clinic and speak to one of the vets or nurses.
The importance of getting your rabbits diet right!
Did you know that muesli type foods are best avoided in rabbits?
This is because it often causes a rabbit to selective feed; meaning that they pick out the sweeter elements and leave the parts that are rich in fibre.
Rabbits require high fibre in their diets and enough isn’t always consumed with the muesli diets. It is also important to know that sweeter foods can cause dental disease too.
A recommended diet for you rabbit is predominantly hay and grass, with fresh vegetables and rabbit nuggets. If you are to change from a muesli diet, this should be done gradually over 2-4 weeks.