Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital

2445 Morris Gentry Blvd
Nashville, TN 37013-2073


Pain Management for Bunnies

The Importance of Pain Management for Bunnies after Surgery


If your bunny needs surgery, it's important to understand the importance of pain management in the recovery process. Pain management is crucial for rabbits after surgery to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery.

Bunnies are known for hiding their pain and discomfort, so it's important to recognize the signs of pain and discomfort in your bunny after surgery. These signs can include decreased appetite, lethargy, changes in behavior or activity levels, reluctance to move or being handled, grinding of teeth, and vocalizations such as whimpering or screaming.

Pain can cause stress and anxiety in your bunny, which can lead to complications and slower healing. It's important to manage your bunny's pain to keep them comfortable and help them heal more quickly. Pain management can also help prevent the development of chronic pain.

There are several options for pain management in rabbits. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids. These medications can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.

It's important to follow your veterinarian's instructions when giving medication to your bunny, as improper use can lead to serious side effects or complications. Your veterinarian may also recommend other pain management techniques such as physical therapy, acupuncture, or laser therapy.

In addition to pain management, it's important to provide a comfortable environment for your bunny to recover in. This can include a quiet and cozy space with soft bedding and access to food, water, and litter. Limiting activity and handling during the recovery process can also help your bunny feel more comfortable.

If your bunny requires surgery, talk to your veterinarian about pain management options and how you can ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery. At Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital in Nashville, TN, our experienced veterinarians are dedicated to providing exceptional care to your bunny. We understand the importance of pain management in the recovery process and will work with you to create a customized pain management plan for your bunny after surgery.