Endotracheal Intubation in the Rabbit

Endotracheal intubation of the rabbit is challenging because it difficult to directly visualize the tracheal opening in all but the largest individuals. Rabbits have a long, narrow oral cavity and the larynx, which sits on a ventral slope, is prone to spasm.

Use this video clip or text with still images to review equipment needed, potential complications as well as the techniques involved for blind intubation and intubation using visualization . . .

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Pollock C, Echols MS, Antinoff N. Endotracheal intubation in the rabbit. October 14, 2011. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/how-to-guide-endotracheal-intubation-in-the-rabbit/