Disorders of the respiratory system in rabbits


 Kim Chilson


 Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis for difficult or noisy breathing

Differential diagnosis for halitosis (bad smelling breath)

Diseases of the deep respiratory airways, by Esther van Praag, Ph.D.



Domestication of the rabbit and respiratory diseases, by Esther van Praag, Ph.D.



Complexity of the nasal cavity, by Esther van Praag, Ph.D.


Viral diseases

Viruses of the wild and domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), presentation by Esther van Praag, Ph.D. (PDF)

Respiratory problems, related to myxomatosis in rabbits

Herpes sp virus in rabbits


Bacterial diseases

Upper respiratory tract disease in rabbits

Pneumonia caused by pathogens or cecal impaction in rabbits

Case report, Toffik presenting eye bilateral lesions and nasal crusts, by Dr. Magdalena Stasiowska


 Fungal infection

Disseminated histoplasmosis (Histoplasma capsulatum) in a pet rabbit: case report and review of the literature, by João Brandão, Samantha Woods, Natalie Fowlkes, Mary Leissinger, Robert Blair, Cherie Pucheu-Haston, James Johnson, Christina Elster Phillips, Thomas Tully


 Nebulization possibilities

Video showing the nebulisation of a rabbit suffering from upper respiratory infection (URI):



A big thank you to Debbie Hanson. Without her help, time and expertise, the making of the nebulizer video would not have been possible. Thanks also very much to Rachel Ihlenfeldt and her rabbit Bunbun for the demonstrations.


Video showing nebulization of a rabbit in a nebulizing "chamber":



 Neoplasia masses in lungs

Dyzia: respiratory difficulties and masses in uterine, lungs and lymph node, by Dr. Magdalena Stasiowska



Accidental poisoning with the Lindane pesticide in a few rabbit, by Michel Gruaz and Esther van Praag


 Respiratory irritants and toxics

Ammonia intoxication in rabbits

Irritants of the respiratory airways in a rabbit: gaseous ammonia and ozone, by Pierre-Paul Crestini and Esther van Praag

Is increased use of air-conditioning linked to increased rate of respiratory diseases in rabbits ?, by Esther van Praag, Ph.D


A big thanks to Kim Chilson for the lovely illustration.

A big thanks also to Debbie Hanson. Without her help, time and expertise, the making of the videos would not have been possible.




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