Hepatic coccidiosis in rabbits
Hepatic coccidiosis in rabbits is caused by an infestation of the protozoa Eimeria stiedae. This parasite colonizes the bile ducts and forms granulomas.
Differential diagnosis includes intestinal coccidiosis (caused by Eimeria perforans, which does not cause liver lesions but the presence of bloody faeces) and Pasteurella multocida (liver lesions associated with respiratory signs).
It is also necessary to confirm the infestation via microscopic observation of the oocysts.