C. Krall, S. Glass, G. Dancourt and others
Applied Animal Behaviour Science (2019) 221
• What did the research find?
Nine of the 31 rabbits in this study exhibited behavioural signs of anxiety. These rabbits were significantly more likely to experience intraoperative apnoea (P=0.01) than rabbits that did not exhibit behavioural signs of anxiety. Anxious rabbits also tended to have a higher heart rate and greater cardiac instability during anaesthesia. In addition, irrespective of anxiety, rabbits that experienced preoperative apnoea were found to be significantly more difficult to intubate (P=0.001).
• How was it conducted?
A total of 31 singly-housed female rabbits that were scheduled for a brief experimental ophthalmic surgery were included in this study. Before surgery, the rabbits were assessed for anxiety using behavioural observations and a modified intruder test – both of which were performed...