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Table 4 Suggested analgesic dose ranges for rabbits.

From: Reported analgesic administration to rabbits undergoing experimental surgical procedures

Class of analgesic Analgesic Dose range Reference(s)
Opioid Buprenorphine 0.01-0.05 mg/kg sc or iv, 6-12 hourly Hawkins [24], Johnston [12], Kohn et al. [18]
  Butorphanol 0.1-0.5 mg/kg iv, 4 hourly Flecknell [13], Kohn et al. [18]
NSAIDs Carprofen 4 mg/kg sc or 1.5 mg/kg po Flecknell [13], Kohn et al. [18]
  Meloxicam 0.6-1 mg/kg sc or po Flecknell [13]
  1. Dose ranges are likely to be subject to revision and are typically based on clinical impression. Ideally dose rates should be based on objective assessment of postoperative pain. Whenever possible, a pain scoring system should be used, so that dose rates can be adjusted according to the animal's response.
  2. sc = subcutaneous injection, iv = intravenous injection, po = by mouth.