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Vet. Sci., Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2017) – 19 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) A remarkable peculiarity in veterinary medicine is the prevalence of dental problems among pet [...] Read more. A remarkable peculiarity in veterinary medicine is the prevalence of dental problems among pet rabbits. In contrast to wild lagomorphs, almost 90% of reported pet rabbit patients suffer from malocclusion caused by tooth overgrowth. The present study suggests diet-induced phenotypic plasticity in skull morphology of domestic rabbits affecting mastication performance and, hence, oral health. “The geometric morphometric analysis reveals that the skull shape strongly differs between domestic and wild rabbits” says Dr. Christine Böhmer Since diet is known to influence skull morphology, this suggests that dietary habits are a major factor contributing to acquired malocclusions. “These results strengthen the importance to offer pet rabbits an adequate close-to-nature nutrition throughout the whole life and especially beginning early parallel to weaning (phase of increased phenotypic plasticity)” explains Dr. Estella Böhmer. View this paper