Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is not unheard of in rabbits. Most cardiac diseases in rabbits relate to infectious, toxin-induced, or diet-related diseases.:400
Some examples of heart disease in rabbits include congenital abnormalities such as ventricular septal defects and age-related cardiac problems such as valvular disease.:400
Most cardiac disease is diagnosed in pet rabbits over the age of four years, and the larger breeds such as New Zealand whites and French lops are over-represented.:401
Symptoms of cardiovascular disease in rabbits include the following::400
- House Rabbit Society, Barbara Deeb, DVM, Cardiovascular Disease in Rabbits: More questions than answers
- Kathy Smith, Heart Disease
- Varga, M. (2013). Textbook of rabbit medicine. (2nd ed.).