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The Interaction Between Behavioral and Physical Health in Rabbits.

Authors
  • Tynes, Valarie V1
  • 1 SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212, USA. Electronic address: [email protected].
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2024
Volume
54
Issue
1
Pages
169–179
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2023.08.001
PMID: 37718127
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Behavioral and physical health are intricately interconnected in most animals, and the rabbit is no different. Medical or physical conditions can lead to anxiety and stress, and anxiety and stress can lead to physical illness. Rabbits are very prone to fear, anxiety, and stress, especially when their husbandry is not appropriate and their environmental and behavioral needs are not met. Any rabbit presenting for acute behavior changes should be examined thoroughly for underlying medical conditions and the appropriateness of their environment examined equally closely. Physical health is unlikely to exist without behavioral and/or emotional health and vice versa. Copyright © 2023 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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