How to Stop Rabbit Chewing Stitches

how to stop rabbit chewing stitches

If your rabbit is chewing stitches, you need to take steps to stop this problem. Some of the methods you can use include: Elizabethan collars, Pain medication, and Dissolvable sutures. Using these methods can reduce or completely stop your rabbit from chewing stitches. It’s important to keep the wound clean and free from infection.

Dissolvable sutures

When a rabbit has a wound, a veterinarian will often use stitches to close it. These stitches can close a single layer of skin or multiple layers of tissue. They may also close muscles and subcutaneous tissue. Since a rabbit tends to chew on sutures, it can be difficult to keep them in place and prevent excessive licking and chewing. Fortunately, dissolvable stitches are an option for rabbit owners who want to give their pets the best possible medical care.

Dissolvable stitches are often used for orthopedic procedures and other types of wound care. These types of sutures dissolve over time and don’t cause the same problems as traditional stitches. It’s best to discuss which type of sutures will be used with your doctor, and how long you’ll need to wait until they are completely removed.

When it comes to the type of stitches you use, make sure to choose a material that won’t be chewed off by your rabbit. Choosing a nonreactive, non-reactive polymer is the best option. While metal clips can be useful in some situations, a more absorbable and dissolvable material will be safer for your pet.

To prevent your rabbit from chewing on its stitches, consider using tube socks. You can cut the legs of pantyhose and tuck them into a tube stocking, which will discourage your rabbit from licking the wound excessively. Another option is to use Elizabethan collars, which will prevent your rabbit from chewing on stitches. However, keep in mind that these can cause inflammation and refusal to eat for a short time.

After a rabbit has undergone surgery, it is important to keep the wound clean and disinfected. It will keep the wound from attracting further infection. In addition to this, the rabbit may try to lick the wound to relieve itself of the pain. If your rabbit chews at the stitches, you should immediately take the rabbit to a vet.

Dissolvable stitches are also a great option for rabbit owners. These sutures can dissolve within a few weeks, and will prevent excessive licking and chewing. Most vets use these sutures, which are designed to dissolve within the skin. Most bunnies tolerate them well.

Elizabethan collars

Elizabethan collars can help protect your pet from licking, rubbing, and chewing stitches. The cone-shaped collar is also known as a “cone of shame” or “e-collar”. This type of collar is comfortable to wear and prevents your dog from biting or licking stitches and wounds. It can also prevent your pet from licking or rubbing infected areas, which may delay the healing process and cause infection.

Elizabethan collars can also be used to prevent a rabbit from chewing stitches and wounds. However, this type of collar may interfere with your rabbit’s eating habits and should not be used as a permanent solution. In such cases, you may want to consider bandages or a gauze pad. Neither of these methods will completely prevent your rabbit from licking or chewing stitches. Regardless of which method you choose, it’s important to use the proper tools and medications.

Another option for preventing your rabbit from chewing stitches is to use a sock around his/her midsection. An elastic bandage, a small dishcloth folded into a triangle, or a band-cut from a pair of tights can all be used. When using a sock, however, it’s important to find one that is thin and stretchy enough for the rabbit to breathe without being too tight.

Elizabethan collars are available for purchase at veterinary clinics and pet stores. You can purchase one while your pet is under anesthesia or when you have them applied at home. You may also consider using a collar for your pet after the operation to prevent him from licking the stitches.

Another alternative to a collar is to apply a repellant to the area. There are several repellants available at pet shops, supermarkets, and general retail stores. These repellents should be applied with a cotton swab on the unbroken skin surrounding the incision. If the repellent is too harsh for your pet, try giving him a taste before you put it on him.


When your rabbit gets stitches, you might be worried that he or she will chew them. Sutures are used to connect muscle layers and seal wounds. To discourage your rabbit from chewing on his stitches, you can use socks or pantyhose. You can also cut the legs off pantyhose so that you can make a tube-like body stocking for your rabbit.

You can reinforce these areas by doubling or tripling the yarn. Usually the area being reinforced is hidden under the shoe. This way, your rabbit cannot see the stitch. You can repeat the process as necessary. You should also place a cloth underneath the socks to keep them clean and dry.

Pain medication

If your rabbit is chewing stitches following a surgery, it may be due to unnecessary pain. This can happen when the veterinarian uses inexperienced methods or does not use enough pain medication. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to keep your rabbit from licking stitches.

First, clean the wound. Small, shallow wounds can be cleaned with Betadine or Neosporin. Avoid using ointment that contains lidocaine, which may induce heart failure in rabbits. Second, keep your rabbit in a carrier to avoid agitation and possible shock.

Another way to prevent rabbits from chewing stitches is to keep them calm. You can perform procedures using anaesthesia if they are conscious, such as castration. But if they are not unconscious, it is a good idea to use a local anaesthetic cream before the procedure. A prilocaine or lignocaine anaesthetic cream is a good choice, as it produces full skin thickness anaesthesia.

Other methods of analgesia include fentanyl/fluanisone, but these are not available in the US. There are several other combinations of analgesics that can be used on rabbits. For more information, read Chapter 5 on analgesia.

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