Rabbit nose
Image © iStockPhoto.com/Nikola Spasenoski

Nasotracheal intubation can be used as an easy, less traumatic method of rabbit intubation when compared with orotracheal intubation.

Nasotracheal intubation takes advantage of the fact the rabbit is an obligate nasal breather.

Rabbits normally have their epiglottis entrapped on the dorsal surface of the soft palate, thus allowing direct passage of air from the nasopharynx into the larynx and trachea. A tube placed nasally will naturally traverse this pathway from the nasopharynx into the larynx and trachea.


Potential complications include the possibility of introducing pathogens into the lungs and need for high oxygen flow rates. However, rabbits that received nasotracheal intubation in one study were observed over two months, and no clinical signs of respiratory disease were noted. In addition, high oxygen flow rates were unnecessary.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

Several species of lice live on chickens and cement their eggs on the base of feather shafts.

2 mins

Metabolic bone disease is a common condition seen in almost all house rabbits with dental … more

3 mins

It is harder to correlate the grade of a heart murmur with the severity of the underlying heart problem in cats than it is in dogs. Some quite loud murmurs may occur with relatively small defects.

2 mins

Four parameters can be measured to objectively assess dehydration. PCV and Total Protein should be … more

2 mins

Clinical examination for dehydration is one method used for assessing whether or not an animal … more

2 mins

Antibodies to E cuniculi in rabbits can be detected on a blood test. Hence, a rabbit … more

3 mins