Pet Rabbit Awareness Week 2014
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Phone: 9317 6615

Pet Rabbit Awareness Week 2014

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Information about  E.cuniculi


WHAT IS E.CUNICULI?

is an organism belonging to the protozoa family that first affects the central nervous system and spreads from there to various organs of the body. As antibodies to the protozoa develop in the rabbit’s body, they form a barrier which limits tissue damage to the rabbit’s body and spore excretion by E.cuniculi.


HOW DOES E.CUNICULI INFECT MY RABBIT?

If the infected rabbit has a healthy immune system, this prevents E.cuniculi from multiplying, although the spores remain in the rabbit’s system. Immunosuppression resulting from illness, stress or ageing can result in disease many years after the initial infection. E.cuniculi is also known in most cases to be responsible for low-grade kidney disease and kidney lesions, however, kidney lesions do not alwayas impair renal function, and latent kidney infections can occur.


SYMPTOMS OF E.CUNICULI INFECTION

There are many problems associated with E.cuniculi infection, and many visible signs:

1) Head Tilt

2) Lethargy

3) Suspected Blindness

4) Chronic Gut Problems

5)Urinary Tract Problems
6)Cataracts and other eye problems
7)Neurological problems
8)Loss of balance and co-ordination
9)Respiratory disease

TREATMENT FOR E.CUNICULI

The most commonly used medication to treat E.cuniculi is febendazole, or Panacur®. Treatment with Panacur can result in successful elimination of E.cuniculi spores from the central nervous system of the infected rabbit.


Anti-inflammatories are also administered as appropriate to treat the symptoms of E.cuniculi infection. When affected, rabbits commonly have some swelling around the brain. Medications then have to be continued ongoing.


Healthy rabbits should be treatment preventatively with Panacur every 6 months from the age of 3 months old. If showing signs of E.cuniculi then the treatment should be given every 8 weeks for a 10 - 21 day course for the rest of the rabbits life. Cage mates of E.cuniculi affected rabbits should be treated every 3 months as a prevention (if not showing signs) as it can be spread from affected rabbits to cage mates through urine. 


Rabbits can also have EC passed to them from mother to baby during birth.

A blood test is available for positive diagnosis of the disease and we strongly recommend this. It can be done at any age. If negative reading from blood test then Panacur may not need to be given.