Respiratory disease

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Respiratory problems are one of the most common reasons for which pet rabbits are brought to a veterinary clinic. This chapter covers the clinical investigation of respiratory disease and addresses bacterial, viral and other diseases of the respiratory system.

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11.1 Rabbit mouth-breathing as a result of a tracheal stricture. Open-mouth breathing or cyanosis is always a poor prognostic indicator and these cases should be treated with extreme care, supplemented with oxygen, and handling should be minimized until the patient is more stable.
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11.2 Fluorescein dye may be instilled into the eyes in dacryocystitis. If nasolacrimal ducts are patent, the dye should be visible at both nares.
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11.3 Computed tomography is a useful tool for detecting sinusitis. The left sinuses of this rabbit were found on surgical exploration to be filled with purulent material.
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11.4 A rigid endoscope can be used to investigate upper respiratory tract disease.
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11.5 Deep nasal swabs may be taken under sedation.
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11.6 Rabbit lungs affected by infection, showing cranial lobe consolidation.
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11.7 A rabbit undergoing nebulization therapy in an incubator.
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