Helping to alleviate pain in dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and birds

Hopkinton Animal Hospital
1325 Hopkinton Road, Hopkinton NH 03229

Pain Management in Rabbits

Rabbits may experience pain from various conditions or situations, including:
  • Dental disease – Pain caused by overgrown teeth, tooth abscesses, malocclusion, or oral infections.
  • Gastrointestinal issues – Pain resulting from gastrointestinal stasis, gas, blockages, or gastrointestinal surgeries.
  • Surgical procedures – Pain resulting from spaying, neutering, abscess removal, or other surgical interventions.
  • Arthritis and join problems – Chronic pain arising from conditions such as osteoarthritis, spondylosis, or limb fractures.
  • Urinary tract disorders – Pain associated with conditions like bladder stones, urinary tract infections, or urinary sludge.
Rabbit pain management requires a specialized and gentle approach, considering their unique physiology and sensitivity. Some specialized approaches include:
  • Environmental modifications – Creating a quiet and stress-free environment for rabbits, with hiding spots, comfortable bedding, appropriate temperature and humidity levels, and limited exposure to loud noises or sudden movements, helps minimize pain triggers and promote relaxation.
  • Nutritional management – Providing a balanced diet rich in fiber and appropriate forage helps maintain gastrointestinal health, reducing the risk of pain associated with gastrointestinal issues in rabbits.
  • Dental care – Regular dental examinations, teeth trims, and addressing dental issues promptly can help prevent and alleviate pain related to dental disease.
  • Supportive care – Offering gentle handling, providing comfortable resting areas, and maintaining a clean and hygienic living environment contribute to the overall comfort and well-being of rabbits.

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