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Transcript of Enterisis
Austin Romines, Jarica Ensley
Enteritis is an infection of the intestinal tract. It is considered to be the major cause of disease, mortality, and economic loss in domectic rabbits, especially young rabbits. This disease is caused by gram positive bacteria. Bacterial growth can lead to fluid accumulation in the large intestine, diarrhea, enterotoxin production and death.
Soft and mucus-covered stools or diarrhea
Decreased body temperature
Poor coat quality
Loss of appetite or changes in food consumption
If enteritis is not detected early, treatment may not be effective. Treatment includes providing fluids and attempting to get the mucus to pass through the gastrointestinal tract. Veterinarians may provide a product that can be syringe-fed and contains fiber. This treatment may help move the mucus and any intestinal blockage and begin to promote growth of a healthy bacterial population in the colon.
Make sure the rabbits always have plenty of fresh, clean, and cool water to drink.
Never switch feeds abruptly.
Always inspect feed before storing or feeding it.
Never feed moldy feed, insect-infested feed, or feed that smells odd.
Feed a small handful of grass hay daily to encourage gut health and give the rabbit something to chew on.
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Enterotoxins are toxins secreted by bacteria that have a particularly marked effect upon the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.