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Rabbits Kept Indoors may Suffer from Lack of Vitamin D

by Bidita Debnath on  April 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Researchers report in a new study that rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D.
 Rabbits Kept Indoors may Suffer from Lack of Vitamin D
Rabbits Kept Indoors may Suffer from Lack of Vitamin D
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In rabbits kept as pets or used in laboratory studies, the deficiency could lead to dental problems, undermine their cardiovascular health, weaken their immune systems and skew scientific findings.

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The study found that regular exposure to artificial ultraviolet B light for two weeks doubled rabbits' serum vitamin D levels - an increase not seen in animals raised in artificial light lacking UVB radiation. Future studies will seek to determine optimal levels of UVB exposure and vitamin D levels in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other animals.

A report of the study appears in the American Journal of Veterinary Research.

"We know that vitamin D is important to vertebrates in that it helps with calcium absorption, but it also has been shown to benefit cardiovascular health and immune function," said Mark Mitchell, a University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor, who led the research. "We know of several types of diseases that can develop with vitamin D deficiency. Some of the chronic problems we see are tooth-related."

Source: Eurekalert
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