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Alfaxan - now licensed for use in pet rabbits

Jurox (UK) Limited has extended the licence for its popular anaesthetic for cats and dogs, Alfaxan®, which is now also licensed for the induction of anaesthesia in pet rabbits. 

Rabbits are the third most commonly anaesthetised pet in the UK, however they have a seven times greater overall risk of perioperative death than dogs1.  Moreover, as they are prey species it is important to minimise stress at every stage of the hospitalisation process. Alfaxan 10mg/ml solution for injection, which contains alfaxalone as its active ingredient, provides a wide safety margin, an excellent cardio-respiratory profile and is dosed to effect, making it an excellent choice for the anaesthetic induction of rabbits. Alfaxan provides smooth and rapid induction and recovery, painless administration and good muscle relaxation with low impact on ventilation and blood pressure. 

“Rabbits are a growing pet population and are increasingly seen by health care teams in UK vet practices, which is why Jurox has invested in research in this species,” comments Richard Beckwith, country manager of Jurox (UK) Ltd. “We are happy we can now support our vet and nurse clients by providing a new and reliable choice for induction of anaesthesia in pet rabbits that has been extensively trialed and researched. Alfaxan is a very versatile product as it is convenient for any type of situation, whether it is surgery on healthy animals or high risk patients such as pet rabbits. With Alfaxan we hope to make a contribution to the future of veterinary anaesthesia in the UK and we are confident our clients will be able to deliver the best practice anaesthesia they believe in.”

Jurox supports its clients with many educational initiatives such as in-clinic discussions about practice protocols, lunch and learn meetings and CPD events. For further information on Alfaxan or how Jurox can help with your anaesthesia and analgesia protocols plese visit Alternatively, contact your local Jurox technical sales representative, telephone the customer services team on 0800 500 3171, e-mail or on our contact page.


  1. Brodbelt DC, Blissitt KJ, Hammond RA, Neath PJ, Young LE, Pfeiffer DU, et al. The risk of death: the Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Small Animal Fatalities. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2008 Sep;35(5):365–73. 

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