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Hospitalization/nursing care

Contributor(s): Narelle Walter, Susan Brown, Jill Pearson, Vetstream Ltd, Vicki Baldrey

Introduction

  • Hospitalization of rabbits, for a variety of reasons, is becoming increasingly common in general practice.
  • Hospitalization allows investigation and monitoring of conditions and for intensive nursing care to aid recovery; but it is expensive on time and manpower.
  • The rabbit poses some particular problems when hospitalized and they often find the experience particularly stressful.

Housing

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Monitoring

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Feeding hospitalized rabbits

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Fluid therapy

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General nursing care should include

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Huynh M, Boyeaux A & Pignon C (2016) Assessment and care of the critically ill rabbit. Vet Clin North Am: Exotic Anim Pract 19 (2), 379-409 PubMed.
  • Hedley J (2011) Critical care of the rabbit. In Pract 33 (8), 386-391 VetMedResource.
  • Fisher P G (2010) Standards of care in the 21st century: the rabbit. J Exotic Pet Med 19 (1), 22-35 VetMedResource.
  • Paul-Murphy J (2007) Critical care of the rabbit. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 10 (2), 437-461 PubMed.
  • Ramer J C, Paul-Murphy J, Benson K G (1999) Evaluating and stabilizing critically ill rabbits - Part 2. Comp Contin Educ Pract Vet 21 (2), 116-125 VetMedResource.
  • Brown S A (1997) Clinical techniques in rabbits. Semin Avian Exotic Pet Med 6 (2), 86-95 ScienceDirect.
  • Hillyer E V (1994) Pet rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 24 (1), 25-65 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Bament W & Goodman G (2014) General nursing care and hospital management. In: Manual of Rabbit Medicine. Eds. Meredith A & Lord B. BSAVA. pp 108-123.
  • Varga M (2014) Rabbit Basic Science. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp 3-110.
  • Lichtenberger M (2008) Anesthesia, Analgesia and Monitoring of the Critical Rabbit Patient. In: Proc 51st BSAVA Annual Congress. pp 160-163.
  • Jonston M (2006) Clinical Monitoring of the Critically ill Rabbit. IVCS.
  • Neilson J (2006) Welfare Considerations when Hospitalizing Dogs, Cats and Rabbits. In: Proc BSAVA Congress. pp 184-186.


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