Arthritis (osteoarthritis) refers to the inflammation of the joints. And rabbits can get it too, just like other pets and even humans! The problem is more common among older rabbits and limping is an important symptom. Arthritis can affect both front legs and hind legs, in the wrist (carpus), ankle (hock), hip joint, and in many other joints of the feet and toes.
If your rabbit is limping, your vet may perform x-rays to determine if there is arthritis. While there is no way to get rid of arthritis, its symptoms can be managed, reduced, and even eliminated. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed or recommended by your veterinarian. Since there are no medications that are specifically formulated for long-term arthritis treatment in rabbits, you should work closely with your veterinarian in helping manage your pet’s arthritis. Take note that certain medications can be harmful to rabbits. It’s best to consult your vets care about any medications and supplements before giving them to your pet.