Safe immobilization of a rabbit in a towel (“rabbit burrito”)
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Rabbits are easily stressed, and administration of a medicine or a test for diagnosing a disease, e.g. taking a blood sample from the ear, can become a challenge. proper restraint is thus of utmost importance.
Chase, a feisty Dutch rabbit getting his medicine (Photo: Kim Chilson)
Restraint of a rabbit in a towel, a drape, or a shirt, must be done with calm movements and carefully. It is important to wrap the used material tightly around the body, but lose enough to avoid compression of the abdomen, and allow normal respiration. Once wrapped safely in a towel, most rabbits feel secure and will not attempt to squirm out or struggle to escape.
Never take chances !!!
As a rule, the rabbit should NEVER be left without surveillance on the examination table !!!
The burrito technique requires some practice, before using it generally. If the rabbit is calm, the rabbit burrito can be done on the examination table. With a nervous or aggressive rabbit, or more generally, it is done safest to do this procedure on the floor. Indeed, when a rabbit is poorly wrapped in a towel or other cloth material, it may try to free itself in order to escape. The consequences can be devastating, e.g. limb fracture, muscle damage or spine luxation, and even fatal.
The method of rabbit restraint using the burrito method is very individual. General important point should nevertheless be taken into account to avoid panic and attempts of escape. They are illustrated in the following pictures.
A special thanks to Kim Chilson and sick Chase for their help and demonstration of the "rabbit burrito" method.
A special thanks also to Wendy and the pictures of her beloved rabbit BunBunBoy.
Thank to Grisjje and Yara for their cooperation.