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2006-52

Dear Reba Rabbit

My rabbit hasn’t been playing or eating lately, and her urine is bloody. I took her to the veterinarian who diagnosed uterine cancer. What can you tell me about this disease?

Reba Responds

Uterine cancer is the most common cancer in female rabbits that have not been spayed.

It grows slowly, but eventually it invades nearby organs and spreads to the liver and lungs.

I was spayed when I was young to prevent the disease. If your rabbit’s cancer hasn’t spread, spaying may be curative.

However, her poor energy and appetite suggest the cancer may already have spread. If that’s the case, I am sorry to tell you that her prognosis is grave.

You have my sympathy.

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