Glossary

A

  • Abscess – Abscesses are pockets of pus that are caused by bacteria & other pathogenic organisms (an organism capable of causing disease in its host).
  • Antigens – A toxin or foreign substance that triggers an immune response in the body.

B

  • Binkying – When a rabbit does bunny jumps.
  • Burring – Using a form of drill to cut teeth or bone.

C

  • Castration – The removal of the testicles of a male animal or man.
  • Cataracts – A clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision & if left blindness.
  • Cheek Teeth – The premolar & molar teeth are often referred to as cheek teeth when talked about as a group.
  • Corpsing – A bunny is in a very relaxed state. See Daisy’s Photo of Corpsing
  • Crossbreed – A bunny who is not a pedigree. Has mixed breed parentage.

D

  • Dentals – When a rabbit has to have it’s overgrown teeth burred or filed.
  • Dwarf – Refers to the small size of the rabbit or ears. If Lop comes after Dwarf it refers to the ears.

E

  • E. Cuniculi – Full title Encephalitozoon Cuniculi.  It is a protozoan parasite. A microscopic parasite of the brain & kidneys.
  • Emeprid – a gut stimulant. Active ingredient is Metroclopramide.

F

  • False Pregnancy – Also known as a Pseudopregnancy or Phantom pregnancy. This is when a female rabbit mimics a true pregnancy even though she is not pregnant.
  • Fibreplex – A palatable paste to encourage normal digestive function.
  • Flushed – The process of clearing pus/infection out of a rabbit’s tear ducts or ear canals.
  • Flystrike – Is a term used when flies have laid eggs on a rabbit.  These eggs then hatch into maggots which then feed on the rabbit eating it’s flesh.

G

  • Gastrointestinal Stasis (GI Stasis) – This is where the digestive system slows down or stops.

I

  • InfacolA product for babies that relieve wind, colic & griping pain. Is suitable for use in rabbits at the correct dose.

K

  • Kits – Baby rabbits.

M

  • Malocclusion – Misalignment of the teeth. The upper jaw & lower jaw are not in line.
  • Metacam – An oral suspension for dogs & cats. Is used to reduce pain & inflammation. The dog version is often used on rabbits.
  • Myxomatosis (Myxo) – Myxomatosis is a rabbit virus that is transmitted by biting insects that have fed on an infected rabbit.

N

  • Neutering – A general term used when an animal has it’s reproductive organs removed.

P

  • Panacur – A wormer for rabbits.
  • Pro Fibre – A palatable probiotic pellet to encourage normal digestive function.
  • Protexin – Is a highly concentrated soluble formula to rapidly restore the microflora in the gut, especially following antibiotic therapy.

S

  • Spay – The removal of the womb & uterus in a female animal.
  • Spurs – Spikes that have grown on teeth that are not being worn down properly.

T

  • Tear Ducts – A tube through which tears pass from the eye.  The tube stretches from the eye to the nose.

U

  • Urine Burn/Scald –  This occurs when a rabbit, for whatever reason, cannot take up the correct urination position. As a result the urine runs onto the fur eventually soaking into it leading to baldness. Any urine that hits the delicate skin causes the skin to scald becoming red & irritated & eventually sore wounds appear. It is also referred to as wet tail.
  • Uterine Cancer – A cancer that affects the female reproductive system.

V

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 1 (VHD1) – VHD1 is a highly contagious rabbit disease & can cause sudden death with no prior symptoms.
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (VHD2) – VHD2 is a new variant of VHD1.