Rabbit Medicine and Surgery Q&A 05

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A rapid Romanovsky-type (Rapid-Diff) stained blood smear from a seven-year-old neutered female Dwarf Lop house rabbit, with a severe regenerative anaemia, is shown. The PCV was 0.14 l/l (14%); Hb was 27 g/l (2.7 g/dl). The rabbit was presented with gradually increasing lethargy and decreased appetite of several weeks’ duration.

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Characterize the anaemia from the red cell morphology. Link to Article
What stain may be used to differentiate reticulocytes more accurately? Link to Article
What is the most likely cause of this anaemia, and give a differential diagnosis. Link to Article
What other haematological and biochemistry abnormalities may occur with this condition? Link to Article

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