Rabbit has jaw injury

by Nicola

My poor bunny was spooked by a dog recently and literally ran itself into its bars on is cage and got stuck. We managed to release him within seconds but since then just hasn't been the same.

I have taken him to the vet twice since the accident, the vet didn't think he had done much damage although couldn't rule out a fractured jaw. For a few days Splodge wouldn't eat anything so had special food mix from the vet which was liquid form but he advised to try warm water in his normal pellets which I did and he ate the lot. Gradually over the week he has been eating more, I have seen him graze in the garden and eaten leaves but he still doesn't seem back to himself. He is active around the garden but also spending periods laying down on he side which he doesn't normally do.

If anyone reading this can give me any ideas on what I should do I would be very grateful as I just want him back right again.


Comments for Rabbit has jaw injury

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 25, 2022
Broken jaw NEW
by: Elahe

Hi I’m from Iran
My rabbit is 4 years old, about 1 month ago, it unfortunately fell to the ground from my wife’s hand. At first, the front canine teeth became a little rough and the gums also bled a little.
I went to the doctor immediately, but unfortunately the doctor was not a specialist, and because he could not eat anything, he was treated for about 1 week.
After the radiology and CT scan, it was found that the jaw is fractured in several areas, but it is not severe and has not been displaced.
He is taking Pedi Lact medicine every 6 hours and vitamin A and calcium drops now
But he still doesn’t eat hay, and I give him a plate of verselga, parsley leaves and a little banana to encourage him to eat.
I wanted to ask you for help if you read my message
You have a solution
I have taken him to many different doctors during this time and they said that because he does not eat hay, maybe his teeth are growing and that he cannot visit his teeth now because the fractures will increase.
I read a lot of articles on foreign sites and maybe 20% helped him get used to eating because before he didn’t even eat alfalfa leaves and plates.
If you received my message, I would be grateful if you could help me. I really think about this child all day and night

Sep 29, 2018
My bunny had a run-in with a dog and I'm not sure if his bottom drawers broke or busted both of his front teeth but he will not eat for 3 days now
by: Jeri

I'm scared I'm going to have to put him down because I cannot figure out what else to do his he won't eat I'm trying baby food he's lethargic losing his mind because he hasn't been able to eat I've been trying to feed him baby food he doesn't want to take it I've had it for about 6 years and I don't know what else to do

Jul 11, 2013
by: Nicola


Thank you so much for your advice just wanted to let you know that splodge is now back to full health, it seems he just needed some time for the bruising/swelling to heal, hopefully an experience we won't have to go through again.

Thanks again
Nicola :-)

Jul 08, 2013
Let us know the outcome
by: Anonymous

Yes absolutely agree - find a vet which has good rabbit knowledge - 'phone them first to find out, you should be able to tell

Jun 21, 2013
jaw injury
by: Anonymous

You should take him back to the vets asap. If your not happy with your existing vet, then try another one. Without seeing the rabbit it is hard to know but the rabbit may be in pain.Rabbits do not show they are in pain until it is too late.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Rabbit Forum.

Enter Your E-mail Address to subscribe to our 'Rabbit News' Newsletter/e-zine
Enter Your First Name

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Rabbit News.