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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have just noticed my 6 month old female rabbit has a lump

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I have just noticed my 6 month old female rabbit has a lump on the under side of her neck, she is acting normal and eating should I take her to the vet?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
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It would be prudent to do so, yes. The lump is likely to be a subcutaneous abscess which occur commonly in rabbits from traumatic wounds or bacteremia (spread of bacteria through the bloodstream) secondary to tooth root infection oral foreign bodies, or upper respiratory tract or urinary tract infections. Frequently, no direct cause is identifiable. Most occur on the head and limbs, they're usually not painful, and are frequently immovable, minimally inflamed, contain caseous ("cheese-like") exudate, and are typically walled off by a thick capsule.

Facial abscesses are often associated with underlying dental or nasolacrimal duct disease. The diagnosis is easy by needle aspiration of the lump. Complete surgical excision of the abscess en bloc ("all together"), followed by at least 2 weeks of antibiotic administration is ideal.

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