Monday, May 2, 2011

For your rabbit veterinarian . . .

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a paper in their May 1, 2011 issue regarding successful surgical treatment for liver lobe torsion.  It is a rare condition and normally fatal. (Dogs, cats, horses and even an occasional human can be afflicted). The cause is unknown. The four rabbits in the study (1 ½ to 6 years old) were cases brought to the Angell Animal Medical Center over a two year period showing signs of anorexia, lethargy and decreased fecal output. It is a painful condition and requires immediate diagnosis. With an abdominal ultrasound and serum biochemical analysis a diagnosis can be made. All four rabbits underwent surgery in which the affected liver lobe was removed.  The good news is that all the rabbits recovered from surgery and were doing well 22 to 43 months after surgery.  Another successful surgery of this type was reported in the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine back in 2007 with one rabbit. Your vet can find the abstract at this Link.