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    Spots on rabbit liver

    I know this has been covered before, I did a search.
    I only try to shoot the 1/2 to 3/4 grown rabbits and I've noticed an awful lot of them with liver spots, more than before.
    As the summer has been quite dry recently (even here) I'm surprised at this. I would have thought it would happen more in a wet Summer.
    Anyone else noticed a rise in liver problems ?.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post
    I know this has been covered before, I did a search.
    I only try to shoot the 1/2 to 3/4 grown rabbits and I've noticed an awful lot of them with liver spots, more than before.
    As the summer has been quite dry recently (even here) I'm surprised at this. I would have thought it would happen more in a wet Summer.
    Anyone else noticed a rise in liver problems ?.
    Could be coccidiosis. I see it every so often but not in the last couple of years. Unless it is really emaciated then it should be fine to eat the meat.

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    Yes - coccidiosis.

    Young are affected as no immunity, but my impression is a low mortality rate (see plenty affected and apparently well).

    The parasite is very persistent in the environment and I can't see why the weather would make much difference - it will be in the burrows where they are affected.

    Personally I wouldn't eat them as there is a million other, 100% healthy, rabbits to chose from. That said you cannot catch it and it should do you no harm.

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    I thought mixi left white spots on the liver that's why during the wars the old dears wanted the livers still
    in the rabbit as a cats livers are on the opposite side and a lot of the rabbits we used to catch had white spots
    on the livers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark@mbb View Post
    I thought mixi left white spots on the liver that's why during the wars the old dears wanted the livers still
    in the rabbit as a cats livers are on the opposite side and a lot of the rabbits we used to catch had white spots
    on the livers
    Why during the wars as mixi did not come to Britain until 1953 after the WW1 & WW2. It was first introduced on Barry Island in Wales and by 1957 had decimated the Rabbit population of the UK. I think you will find that it is coccidiosis.

    Jimbo

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    The other evening i shot up on 10 teenage rabbits and everyone of them had spots on the liver.The picture is the worst one.all rabbits that were affected where in the same hedge row
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails liver spots on rabbit 015.jpg  

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    If they were teenage rabbits, it was probably something to do with old age .

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    A very knowledgeable vet once described this condition as "Pseudo TB",it is well known that foxes and rabbits can vector TB,just as badgers do,this is both Bovine and Avian,the Avian type does not manifest clinically in mammals as clearly as Bovine,where wood pigeons and/or corvids feed heavily cross transmission is common in warm blooded mammals including hares.and.rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark@mbb View Post
    I thought mixi left white spots on the liver that's why during the wars the old dears wanted the livers still
    in the rabbit as a cats livers are on the opposite side and a lot of the rabbits we used to catch had white spots
    on the livers
    Although off thread the liver is always on the sme side in mammals I.e. The right. It was the kidneys that were left in to show it was a rabbit. The cats kidneys are slightly higher and both at the same level whilst the rabbits are staggered with the left being slightly larger and lower than the right. This is why a good butcher will still show you the carcass to prove it is not a cat.

    BE

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    The day has just started and I've learned something new.
    Far better than some pointless arguments.
    Thanks for posting.
    "Don't say I didnae warn ye !"

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