Pain in rabbits

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Despite a marked increase in the number of pet rabbits kept in the UK, our ability to interpret the behaviour of this prey species is still lacking. This chapter provides guidance on recognizing and treating pain in rabbits. Reduced gastrointestinal motility (gut stasis); Fractured limb; Dental abscess.

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7.27 The Rabbit Grimace Scale scores five changes in facial expression (cheek flattening, orbital tightening, nose shape, whisker position, ear position). Compare this rabbit in pain with the same rabbit following analgesia.
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7.29 This rabbit shows signs of severe abdominal pain as shown by the hunched posture and abdomen pressed to the floor.
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