Rabbit analgesia

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Abstract

With the increasing popularity of rabbits as household pets, the complexity of diagnostic and surgical procedures performed on rabbits is increasing, along with the frequency of routine surgical procedures. More practitioners are faced with the need to provide adequate analgesia for this species. Preemptive analgesia prior to planned surgical interventions may reduce nervous system changes in response to noxious input, as well as reduce postoperative pain levels and analgesic drug requirements. Concurrent administration of analgesic drugs to anesthetized rabbits undergoing painful procedures is warranted both pre- and intraoperatively as well as postoperatively. This article discusses the neuropharmacologic and pharmacologic aspects of pain in rabbits, and reviews current protocols for the use of analgesic drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Analgesia
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Opioid
  • Pain assessment
  • Rabbit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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