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Volume 24(4), Winter 2014

Commissioned paper



Injectable anaesthetics can be administered via the subcutaneous (SC), intramuscular (IM), intravenous (IV) or intraosseous (IO) route.


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Induction and maintenance of anaesthesia



Commonly used drugs in rabbits

The paper provides tables with an overview of commonly used drugs for rabbits, their dosages and effects. To download, print and hang up in your practice!


Respiratory distress

A rabbit presenting with respiratory distress, like this one, may benefit from slight sedation.

Picking up

A gentle and safe way of handling a rabbit as demon-strated by Mary Cotter, Education Director at the House Rabbit Society of America.


Anaesthesia in rabbits

Part I: pre-anaesthetic considerations and commonly used analgesics and anaesthetics

by Yvonne van Zeeland and Nico Schoemaker

Pre-anaesthetic check-up

Prior to performing a procedure involving anaesthesia, a thorough history and physical examination should be performed.

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Rabbit anaesthesia is perceived by many as a difficult, high-risk procedure. Many veterinarians therefore do not feel comfortable when having to sedate or anaesthetize a rabbit. Fortunately, the arrival of newer, safer anaesthetic agents, development of specialized anaesthetic equipment, and increased knowledge about veterinary anaesthesia has greatly reduced the risks of anaesthesiarelated morbidity and mortality. In particular the use of endotracheal tubes or supraglottic ...

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