Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Cutaneous Botryomycosis in Two Pet Rabbits

Hedley, J; Stapleton, N; Muir, C; Priestnall, S L; Smith, K


J Hedley

N Stapleton

C Muir

S L Priestnall

K Smith


A 5-year-old male neutered rabbit was presented for assessment of multiple abscesses, which had appeared suddenly over the ventrum, perineum and hindlimbs over the previous few days. Thirteen abscesses were surgically excised. Culture revealed Pseudomonas aeruginosa and histopathological examination confirmed a diagnosis of botryomycosis. However, despite follow up antimicrobial treatment and repeat surgeries, lesions continued to recur. The second case, a 3-year-old male neutered rabbit presented for routine vaccination. On physical examination, multiple small nodules were palpated over the right shoulder region. Surgical excision was performed and histopathology again yielded a diagnosis of botryomycosis. So far, no recurrence has been seen in this case. Botryomycosis is a rare chronic pyogranulomatous infection and naturally occurring disease has not been previously reported in pet rabbits. These cases highlight the challenges of treatment and the importance of prompt diagnosis.


Hedley, J., Stapleton, N., Muir, C., Priestnall, S. L., & Smith, K. (2018). Cutaneous Botryomycosis in Two Pet Rabbits. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 28, 143-147.

Journal Article Type Other
Acceptance Date Jan 30, 2018
Publication Date Aug 29, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 1, 2019
Journal Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Print ISSN 1557-5063
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Pages 143-147
Public URL


You might also like

Downloadable Citations