How Does a Rabbit Recover From Paralysis?

A rabbit’s spinal cord is a delicate structure. This is why they are prone to fractures and breakages when they twist or jerk unexpectedly.

These breaks tend to be more severe when the rabbit isn’t getting regular exercise.

Rabbits are also prone to injury when they’re restrained by people (especially during transport). This can cause a bunny to thrash and jolt, which can damage their backs and possibly the spinal cord.

The first sign that your rabbit may be in pain is when they make a squeaking noise as their spine breaks down. This is an indication that they are in extreme distress and need help immediately.

When your bunny is paralyzed, they can’t use their hind limbs to walk, eat or drink. This can be a very frightening experience for them, but it’s important to try to put them at ease by talking in gentle, warm tones and avoiding yelling or making sudden movements that they may respond to poorly.

Your vet will take X-rays to check for any damage to your rabbit’s spine, and test the spinal reflexes to see if there’s any movement or weakness in their limbs. They may also take an MRI to get a better look at what’s going on with their limbs.

They’ll need a specialized carrier or cage to keep them still until their spine heals, and they’ll need to avoid moving around too much until they’re fully healed.

You’ll need to monitor them closely during this time, keeping an eye on their activity level and making sure they’re getting the necessary exercise they need. If they’re having difficulty walking or are showing signs of pain, you should contact your veterinarian right away to get them checked out.

Depending on their condition, your veterinarian may be able to give your rabbit medicine to reduce inflammation and help with the pain. They may recommend NSAIDs like Metacam, and your rabbit’s doctor might prescribe corticosteroids if their traumatic injuries are severe.

It can take weeks or even months for a rabbit’s back to heal properly, so it’s crucial that they are kept in a stable position at all times. This means a laying or sitting position, but they can stand up occasionally to get fresh air and exercise.

Your rabbit will need to be fed a special diet while they’re recovering, and you’ll need to change the food frequently until they’re fully healed. This includes a low-fat, high-fiber diet.

This diet will be tailored to your bunny’s specific needs. You can also ask your veterinarian about supplements that might be helpful.

In some cases, a veterinary surgeon may be able to surgically fix the spine in your rabbit’s back or front legs. This can be done to correct a spondylosis, osteoarthritis or vertebral disc deterioration.

However, this isn’t always possible, especially if the spinal injury is serious or severe. In these cases, euthanasia is often necessary.

This is a sensitive and personal topic, but it’s important to remember that your pet deserves the best care available. Hopefully, this information will help you make an informed decision about the health and well-being of your rabbit.