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Dewlap: conditions and treatment

Contributor(s): Richard Saunders, Virginia Garner-Richardson, Ron Rees Davies, Brendan Carmel

Introduction

  • The dewlap is a large fold of skin in the ventral neck region. It is most pronounced in older entire does, and obese females   Obesity  . It may also develop in obese neutered males.
  • Breeding females or those in pseudopregnancy   Pseudopregnancy      Molting patterns: normal and abnormal   will pluck fur from the dewlap to line their nests.

Conditions affecting the dewlap

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Dewlap resection or removal

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Scarff D (2008) Skin diseases of pet rabbits. UK Vet: Companion Animal 13 (2), 66-75 VetMedResource.
  • Richardson V (2001) Rabbits - the head and neck. UK Vet (3), 85-87.

Other sources of information

  • Melilla A (2013) Removal of perineal and other skin folds. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging. pp 274-282.
  • Vella D (2013) Dematopathis. In: Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotics. Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri. pp 360-364.


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