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Rabbit

Handling and Restraint





Rabbits are especially susceptible to the effects of stress and should always be approached in a calm and confident manner.







The handler is restraining the rabbit firmly by the scruff with the other hand ready to support the animal’s hindquarters.






The rabbit should be held its head tucked under the handler’s arm and with the back and hindquarters supported by the handler’s forearms.







This video clip shows the correct methods for handling and restraint in the rabbit.



Handling for injection






This video clip shows the correct injection techniques for a rabbit.









Rabbits may also be restrained for injection by wrapping the animal in a drape or towel. If the rabbit is securely wrapped, it will not struggle.





Intravenous injections into the rabbit’s marginal ear vein can be readily made if the rabbit is restrained with a drape.
  
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