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Rabbit Respiratory System: Clinical Anatomy, Physiology and Disease

by Cathy A Johnson-Delaney, Susan E Orosz
The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice

Abstract

Rabbits are obligate nose breathers due to their epiglottis positioned rostrally to the soft palate. Any obstruction within the nasal cavity will produce a respiratory wheeze with increased respiratory effort. Respiratory diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in rabbits. This article focuses on these diseases and their causative pathogens.

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