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Home Forums DIET & CARE Bun getting spayed this coming Friday – any advice?

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    borya
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    This bunny is very skittish and very scared.  I took her to the vet for an initial visit and it took the vet, myself, and a vet aid, just to get her up on the table.  Very skittish bunny.   (Though when she is at home in my kitchen, she is very content).

    Getting her spayed this coming Friday, it just seemed like time.  But I feel so bad about it because I know how scared she is going to be.  Does anyone have any advice?  I plan to leave work early and spend the rest of the day with her.  Don’t know what to expect or what I can do.  I feel so bad for what awaits her   But it seemed like it’s healthier for her in the long run. 


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    DanaNM
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    Getting her spayed is definitely a good idea for long term health, so good job on that! And good job doing your homework on it before hand.

    The first tip is to confirm that your vet very experienced with rabbit spays. A good test is whether they tell you to fast her before surgery. Bunnies should NOT be fasted before surgery, so if they tell you to, that should be a red flag to go to another vet. That said, my vet has said to skip the big pile of veggies right before anesthesia, but they should never tell you to take away hay or water.

    The other big thing is to make sure they send you home with pain medication and critical care in case she doesn’t start eating again right away. Pain medication is crucial, and sometimes you need to do a syringe feeding or two just to get them going again after anesthesia.

    You might even want to pick some up now, and see if she’ll eat it readily. Some buns love the taste, so if you get them used to it before they need it, they think of it like a treat.

    When she comes home, she will appreciate a place that is warm and quiet. You should make sure her area is set up so she can’t jump up on anything, and you’ll need to restrict her space while she heals (the vet can tell you for how long exactly).


    #1893610

    tobyluv
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    Have a good variety of her favorite greens and fruit on hand after the surgery. Sometimes, a rabbit doesn’t want pellets, but will eat veggies. You may even want to have foods on hand that she’s never tried before, like mint or other herbs or rose petals. The surgery, anesthesia and pain meds can affect their appetite. Some rabbits may come home and eat their regular foods, and others may not want to have anything to do with those, so it can be good to have a variety and some new items. The vet usually asks that you bring food with you, since they like to see that a rabbit is eating before going home.

    If you do have to resort to giving Critical Care, some rabbits will eat it from a dish. It’s more tempting to them if you add a little baby food or plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling).


    #1893612

    Kiki
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    Bananas or pears if your bun likes them, it’s the only thing that got indie’s interest at first


    #1893613

    Bunny-Love
    Participant

    Hi there, i know this is not about the convo but is is an emergency. My bunny went to the vet yesterday for her first ever vaccine. But it was a disaster. She jumped out of the scale and jumped from the really high counter onto the floor. Today i realised that she could not use her front left arm/paw. She raises it above the ground when hopping around. Please can somebody help me figure out if it is a strain or if it is broken. I can not afford to get surgery.


    #1893657

    DanaNM
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    Hi Bunny – Love,

    Sorry you are going through this. Please take her back to the vet. Since she injured her self there perhaps you can bargain with them?


    #1893771

    borya
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    Hey Bunny – Love I’m so sorry to hear this I also agree you should speak to that vet again. Especially as it happened there. I would hope that they would follow up with her

    To everyone who gave me suggestions – thanks quite a lot for all that. This vet also I found her on the House Rabbit Society list of good rabbit vets. And I really trusted her immediately with this rabbit and she was just so kind to her, and clearly loves rabbits. I can’t really forget how kind she was to the rabbit, she was so natural with her! I believe she treats rabbits often. The advice here was all fantastic. I might be delaying the spay by a week and a half, which would give time to make sure I have some good treats, etc. on hand as well. Thanks everyone

    Bunny – Love – I am hoping the best for you bun! Please update us what happened?


    #1893776

    Bam
    Moderator

    Here is a thread Bunny-Love has made about her bunny’s arm:

    https://binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/aft/171335/Default.aspx

    It’s probably more practical if we keep the arm-topic in that thread, Bunny-Love, we’d be interested in updates!


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