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Otitis Media: What’s That?

Rabbits have big ears but it doesn’t mean that they can always hear well… Your rabbit has been diagnosed with bacterial middle ear disease (otitis media). What is this? Inflammation and bone infection (osteomyelitis) of the middle ear caused by the spread of bacteria from the upper respiratory tract and in some cases  through the […]

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ECUN: What’s That?

Encephalizotoonosis (aka ECUN) This is a very common infection in domestic rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals. It is caused by an intracellular parasite: Encephalitozoon cuniculi; about 50% of rabbits demonstrate exposure to the parasite.  Spores are shed in the urine and infection usually occurs via ingestion of contaminated food or water. It is […]

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Guinea Pig with Uterine Tumor: Case Study

“Claire” is a 4 year old female guinea pig. She was presented to us with a history of undesired reproductive behaviors, including mounting her cagemate and having a wet bottom. Upon examination, she was found to have a lump in her abdomen. An ultrasound verified the presence of a 2.5cm uterine mass requiring surgical removal. […]

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