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Fluid therapy

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Fluid therapy

Fluid therapy is used for various situations and can be given via different routes and at different rates. Rabbits have a complex system of secretion and absorption of water and electrolytes within their digestive system, and dehydration and the loss of electrolytes can rapidly occur if there is any disturbance to the digestive function. The aim of fluid therapy is to restore blood volume and correct electrolyte and glucose levels and plasma pH.

A rabbit in intensive care receiving intravenous fluid therapy
©Stephen Hernandez-Divers & Maud Lafortune

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