Rabbits typically undergo at least one painful procedure during their lifetime and appropriate methods of assessment are essential to reduce or alleviate pain. Various methods of assessing pain in rabbits have been investigated, with the validity of spontaneous behavior and grimace scale scoring being the most studied to date. Assessment of pain is challenging, compounded by rabbits being a prey species that display freezing behavior in the presence of unfamiliar caregivers. Here we discuss some key changes in rabbits that can be used in assessment of pain and provide some practical suggestions to ensure that assessment can be carried out effectively.
|Title of host publication
|Veterinary clinics of North America: Exotic animal practice
|David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman
|Published - 19 Nov 2022