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Last Post by BB at 9/13/2006 11:10 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Lpuff
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9/11/2006 12:47 AM
hey i'm getting my first bunny spayed and i'm so worried. If you have had your bunny fixed before please give me and other people who have not hade there bunny fixed a heads up on what could be bad or good or    frighting so please help.by the way her name is Orange Juice and she is getting spayed on the 21 of sep. and im very worried so give us a heads up.

User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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9/11/2006 1:47 AM

Hi i just had my boo spayed 3 weeks ago and i was a wreck, Basically before the op make sure she is eating and pooing normally ( DO NOT STARVE HER) you can give her a supplement to make sure her gut is in great shape. After the op give the nurses some of her fav food it doesnt matter if it treats as long as she eats is the main thing.

If she is on shaving remove them and place a blanket or something soft for her to lie on, Gravehearted told me to use a sheep skin rug.She might also like a heat mat but i didnt have one. When she is home put her in her cage and make sure she has quiet and isnt stressed.

After that all I would do is make sure she is eating dnt be alarmed if it isnt too much as long as she is nibbling and look for signs she is in in pain.

She will be sore maybe a little stiff ( Boos right leg was stiff) and out of sorts and might even be a little aggressive, after a few days she will be back to herself. Try not  to worry if you have a trusted vet then she will be fine.

Hope that helps, i wish the both of you the best and it really is the right thing to do!" xx


User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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9/12/2006 9:08 AM
It is stressful taking your first baby in to be spayed, but overall she'll be healthier and happier after she's spayed.

The first day or so post spay she'll likely be a little out of it.  It really can help if you talk to your vet about sending home pain meds, that's a really good idea.  Bunnies who are in pain don't eat, and it's important that she's eatting.  I'd recommend having some of her favorite greens on hand, since she likely will start to nibble on them.  Also, something soft for her to lay on - like some faux sheep skin can help too.

this article has some good information  about the surgery and care that might help you feel better about the decision to spay:   http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/...euter.html
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Lpuff
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9/12/2006 11:53 AM
my vet is really good thanks for te help the more the better though but this so far has been helpful and im sure it will all be helpful

User is Offline Bunnies4ever
Hercules, California
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9/13/2006 5:50 PM
My Chloe was totally "out of it" after her spay.  I watched her closely to make sure she was eating.  That's extremely important.  I read that most likely she won't eat pellets, but to make sure she nibbles some hay.  If she's not eating, wave a sprig of basil (most fragrant) under her nose.  It worked for Chloe.  She started nibbling the basil and I felt much better.  It's painful to see them like that.  She was sent home with pain meds but it was still sad.  It's common if she just sits in the corner of her cage for a day or so.  Just make sure she eats something and she will be her old self in about 2-3 days.  Oh yeah, make sure she doesn't tear out her stitches.  Check every day to make sure they are intact, no bleeding, etc.

User is Offline BB
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9/13/2006 11:09 PM

Hi Lpuff -  You've gotten some great advice.  Do you have a good vet? 

I've got your date marked so we'll be sure to wish you the best as it gets closer to the 21st.

Females definitely take a little longer to recover, but they should be at least nibbling on food within 24 hours of returning from surgery to keep their  digestive system moving - if she is not, be sure to call the vet!   Many times they will prescribe pain medication if they haven't already, as well as a gut motility drug to get her system moving.

Like the other post recommended - never fast your bunny prior to surgery and if anyone at the vet office suggest you do this - don't!   Many times the reception or front desk staff are just so used to telling cat and dog owners to fast their animals prior to surgery, that they do the same thing to rabbit owners without thinking.(even if the vet wouldn't recommended it)  So just remind  them it is dangerous for rabbits to fast.   If the vet suggest fasting, then run from that vet.

Some bunnies actually seem to heal very quickly and want to run around.  IF that is the case, prevent her from jumping on things for the first week following the surgery.

It's also a good ideas to talk to your vet and have them advise you on what to do pre and post surgery - this will also help you be sure that your vet knows what s/he is doing.   The advice should be comparible to what the House Rabbit Society advises


User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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9/13/2006 11:10 PM

Hi Lpuff -  You've gotten some great advice.  Do you have a good vet? 

I've got your date marked so we'll be sure to wish you the best as it gets closer to the 21st.

Females definitely take a little longer to recover, but they should be at least nibbling on food within 24 hours of returning from surgery to keep their  digestive system moving - if she is not, be sure to call the vet!   Many times they will prescribe pain medication if they haven't already, as well as a gut motility drug to get her system moving.

Like the other post recommended - never fast your bunny prior to surgery and if anyone at the vet office suggest you do this - don't!   Many times the reception or front desk staff are just so used to telling cat and dog owners to fast their animals prior to surgery, that they do the same thing to rabbit owners without thinking.(even if the vet wouldn't recommended it)  So just remind  them it is dangerous for rabbits to fast.   If the vet suggest fasting, then run from that vet.

Some bunnies actually seem to heal very quickly and want to run around.  IF that is the case, prevent her from jumping on things for the first week following the surgery.

It's also a good ideas to talk to your vet and have them advise you on what to do pre and post surgery - this will also help you be sure that your vet knows what s/he is doing.   The advice should be comparible to what the House Rabbit Society advises

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