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Dermatology: parasitic disease - overview

Contributor(s): Stephen White, Ron Rees Davies, David Scarff, Vetstream Ltd, David Perpinan


  • Skin parasites are a frequent cause of skin disease, particularly in outdoor groups.
  • Various classes of parasites are recognized in the domestic rabbit.
  • Some of these are zoonoses; thus the diagnosis and elimination of these parasites is important in a family pet.


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Further Reading


Refereed papers

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