Rabbit Behaviour, Health and Care

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CABI, Dec 30, 2014 - Medical - 242 pages
Developed from the successful Norwegian book Den Store Kaninboka (The Big Book of Rabbits) this book covers all aspects of rabbit behaviour, welfare, health and husbandry, with updated and expanded content now also made relevant to veterinarians. The focus is on explaining normal behaviour as a basis for describing optimal welfare, with an emphasis on rabbits in the domestic setting. Information regarding wild and laboratory rabbits is also included to show how behaviours such as socialisation, learning and communication can differ depending on environment. Health matters relating to welfare such as nutrition and oral health are also covered in detail, and case studies from around the world give this valuable resource an international perspective.
 

Contents

1 The Origins and Development of Rabbits
1
2 The Rabbit as a Companion Animal
15
3 Behaviour Learning and Communication
29
4 Social Rabbits
59
5 From Snout to Tail
83
6 Rabbit Nutrition
117
7 Neutering
139
8 Cleanliness and Hygiene
151
9 Rabbit Housing and Conditions
161
10 House Rabbits and Rabbitproofing of the Home
177
11 Life Outdoors
187
12 Reproduction and Breeding Control
201
Epilogue
209
Bibliography
213
Index
219
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About the author (2014)

Marit Emilie Buseth is an Independent Consultant in Norway. Richard Saunders is an RCVS Specialist in Zoological Medicine. He has seen first opinion and referral rabbit patients for many years, at a number of practices. He is currently the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund) Veterinary Advisor, and provides support for the veterinary membership on difficult cases. He teaches Rabbit Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bristol, and has contributed several chapters to the BSAVA manuals of Rabbit Medicine, and Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging.

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