In collaboration with veterinarians from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, from a practice for small pets as well as from the laboratory for veterinary diagnostics Laboklin, we investigated the changes in hormonal concentration in relation to the reproductive state in pet rabbits.
The Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) has been shown to be a useful marker of ovarian reserve in dogs, cats and humans, amongst others. The present study provides first evidence that serum AMH concentration is adequate to distinguish spayed from intact female rabbis. In contrast to other species, the AMH level is less indicative for the number of growing follicles in pet rabbits.
Böhmer F, Erber K, Ewringmann A, Klein R, Reese S, Böhmer C, Meyer-Lindenberg A and Walter B (in press, 2022) Anti-Müllerian hormone concentrations in female rabbits and its relation to spay status, pseudopregnancy and ovarian follicle numbers. Reproduction in Domestic Animals. DOI: 10.1111/rda.14240