Encephalitozoon Cuniculi

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  • This parasite has recently found to be very common in the rabbit population; over 50% of animals have been infected, usually from their mother.
  • In many cases the rabbit shows no signs but the parasite can attack the brain and urinary system.
  • Rabbits can develop head tilt, paralysis and kidney disease, this disease can be fatal and unfortunately by the time the signs develop it may be too late.
  • We recommend treating all rabbits with a course of Lapizole. This is a tasty aniseed flavour liquid, which rabbits seem to love. A 28 day course of this very safe drug has been shown to clear the parasite.