Supplements for an elderly rabbit

I have an elderly rabbit - a 10-year-old dwarf lop. He's looking understandably wobbly now, his back legs are looking a bit stiff. I don't want to start him on Metacam/Loxicom if I don't have to because of the effects on the liver/kidneys. I was wondering if there are any supplements suitable for rabbits that can help? Devils claw worked well on our dog but I don't know if it's suitable for rabbits and can't find the information anywhere.



"A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Metacam would actually be the best thing to help him. Many rabbits suffer from arthritis and daily or twice-daily doses of this can really help make a big difference. Many rabbits cope very well with this drug for long term use with minimal side effects. Your vet can do a blood sample to check the current function of the liver and kidneys before starting on the medication. Then, 6 monthly rechecks are advised.

I would also recommend giving one Oxbow joint supplement per day. These are a natural supplement, specifically formulated to support joint function. They contain glucosamine that helps reduce cartilage degeneration and turmeric and yucca that both have anti-inflammatory properties.

I find that using both the supplement and the Metacam is the best approach. "

Best wishes

Jo Hinde RVN

'All medical advice should be discussed with your vet before implementing'



About Jo Hinde

I have rescued, volunteered or worked with animals in some capacity all of my life. Due to a special interest in rabbits, I work closely with the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund as an Outreach Officer. I am keen to promote rabbit welfare and provide educational lectures to the Veterinary profession, rescue organizations and the general public in the UK, Europe, and the USA. I was chosen as the BVNA Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the year for 2014 in recognition of my actions in raising public awareness and education.

I also run an online rabbit forum with over 5000 members worldwide and am active on many other online rabbit groups and forums. I am a fellow of the London Zoological Society and have a keen interest in conservation, wildlife, and zoology and attend their regular scientific talks.