Osteoarthritis, often referred to just as arthritis, is a painful disease caused by wear and tear of a joint. It makes movement difficult and sore.
Affected rabbits are usually in their middle and senior years. Most rabbits over six years old will have some arthritis, although it can affect rabbits much earlier. Interestingly, giant breeds tend to develop arthritis younger than smaller breeds.
Most commonly arthritis affects the hips, elbows and knees but it can involve any joint.
Rabbits often hide pain, and usually do not limp or cry out with arthritis. This means arthritis in rabbits is frequently missed. Getting annual check-ups with your vet is the best way to make sure your rabbit’s joints are monitored, so you can pick up arthritis as soon as it develops.
If your rabbit has arthritis you can make them more comfortable by employing simple strategies, and planning the best treatment for your rabbit with your vet.