Chapter 2 Rabbits

Nursing care


Table 2.2 The rabbit: Analgesic doses

Analgesic Dose
Buprenorphine 0.01–0.05 mg/kg s.c., i.m., i.v. every 6–12 h
Butorphanol 0.1–1.0 mg/kg s.c., i.m., i.v. every 2–4 h
Carprofen 1.0–2.0 mg/kg s.c. or p.o. b.i.d.
Ketoprofen 1.0 mg/kg i.m. b.i.d.
Meloxicam 0.1–0.3 mg/kg s.c. or p.o. s.i.d.
Morphine 2.0–5.0 mg/kg s.c. or i.m. every 4 h
Pethidine 5.0–10 mg/kg s.c. or i.m. every 2–4 h
Nalbuphine 1.0–2.0 mg/kg i.m., i.v. every 2–4 h

Masking with volatile anaesthetics alone

The advantage of this technique is rapid recovery without the need to metabolize large amounts of drug, both of which can be important with rabbits that are catabolic, e.g. with chronic dental disease. Isoflurane appears to be less stressful for induction than halothane, based on lower corticosterone levels (González-Gil et al 2006).

Skin disorders

Normally rabbits have a soft, short undercoat covered with larger guard hairs. Rex breeds have short guard hairs that do not exceed the undercoat while Angoran breeds have very long guard and undercoat hairs. Lionhead rabbits retain the long hair around the head, neck and rump area.

Satin breeds have altered hair fibre structure.

Findings on clinical examination

Signs of skin disease:

Treatment/specific therapy

Dental disorders


Aug 21, 2016 | Posted by in EXOTIC, WILD, ZOO | Comments Off on Rabbits

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