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Coccidiosis in Cottontail Rabbits
Colorado Wild Rabbit Foundation
Coccidiosis is one of the most common reasons for GI disease in weanling cottontail rabbits, if not the most common reason. Cottontails can become infected in the wild, presenting with the disease at intake, as well as during rehabilitation. If left untreated, this disease can result in high morbidity and mortality. However, a highly effective treatment exists and could be more widely implemented by wildlife rehabilitators. This presentation covers a basic overview of the biology of coccidia, how the disease presents in cottontails, and how to effectively treat this disease.
The Three Guiding Principles
Rabbit rehabilitation can be notoriously difficult. High mortality is often a frequent outcome when caring for this very high-strung sensitive species. Boost your rabbit rehabilitation success by adhering to the Three Guiding Principles: The Animal is Always First, Mirror Nature Wherever Possible, Less is More. This lecture covers reuniting protocols, intake strategies, following the animal’s schedule, safety and sterilization practices, feeding protocols, handling medical challenges, appropriate caging, creative enrichment, and release strategies. You can decrease unnecessary intakes, adhere to practices that align with nature, and greatly increase your overall rehabilitation and release success.
Canids in Care:
Successful Rehabilitation and
Release of Coyotes, Red
and Gray Foxes
Pocono Wildlife Rehab and Ed Center
Foxes and coyotes are among the most rewarding mammals with which to work in rehabilitation. They are intelligent, strong, and challenging (and cute). Understanding their behavior, biology, nutritional, medical, enrichment, and habitat needs can result in many successful rehabilitation efforts. This presentation provides a brief background in the differences among red and gray foxes and coyotes as neonates, nutritional needs during infancy, and weaning and prey training. Medical treatments such as injuries, vaccinations, and treatment for mange (including a new treatment) are discussed. Finally, live prey training, pre-release conditioning, and release habitat selection are presented.