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Our Rabbit has just chewed through a live power cable and

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Hi Our Rabbit has just chewed through a live power cable and his bottom two teeth have turned black And his tongue looks burnt also
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Burns are certainly painful. Let's see what the Veterinarian has to say. What is the Rabbit's name and age?
Customer: Rabbit's name is ***** ***** he is 1 year old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Princey?
Customer: No He's a normal healthy rabbit Normally
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today.


How long ago did this happen?

Can Princey eat at all?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No he's not eating anything, just putting some water in him but has not eaten anything since
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Just happened 20 minutes ago
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
We've wrapped him in a towel but he's making a few noises (never made before) assume he's in pain but not sure what to do
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Oh dear,

Now the problem here is that electric burns are of course going to painful and often will put animals off their food. And that is something a rabbit cannot afford (since they can be high risk of gastric stasis). Furthermore, while the devitalized teeth are a concern as well, a bigger one that you won't readily see is possible non-cardiogenic shock from this.

With this all in mind, we have an emergency situation here. We want him to the local ER vet now. They can start pain relief and check for shock signs. If present, they can be treated for. If the burns are severe, then it would also be worth discussing feeding tubes since otherwise you likely will need to syringe feed past that wounded tongue for the next few weeks until this heals and he can eat on his own. And by that point we will be able to see if the teeth need to be removed or can be salvaged.

In this situation, it would be prudent to get your wee one to the emergency vet. To find your local ER veterinary clinic, you can check @ or

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. B.