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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A no food before surgery??

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    • bumpybunny
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      hi! so i made an appointment for my rabbit to be spayed, and the lady at the desk is telling me that she cannot have food the morning of her surgery. i know that’s not right so i called back to double check and she told me it can cause “complications” if she has anything in her stomach. there are no other vets near me that will see rabbits and my parents arent gonna take me anywhere far to get it done 🙁 should i keep the appointment and still feed her that morning? or cancel it?


    • bumpybunny
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      im thinking that maybe the person at the desk just assumed she cant have food because its that way with dogs and cats? i would ask to talk to the vet but i dont think theyd let me.


    • Lilly+Zoe
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      When I got my rabbit spayed I was told to fed her the morning of and that it was better to fed her because with rabbits you want to keep their gut moving but also there shouldn’t be any kind of risk or complications because you don’t have to worry about rabbit aspirating like a dog or cat.


      • bumpybunny
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        yeah, im hoping that the person at the desk just wasnt told about it and that the actual vet knows that their food shouldnt be taken away.


    • Wick & Fable
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      I would verify that the operating vet and team are rabbit-experienced — it could be a matter of receptionist error and saying it automatically for dogs/cats. If willing, I’d also just let someone know that you were informed to do that mistakenly so their team can be more mindful in the future.

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    • LBJ10
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      This can sometimes happen when a vet office sees all kinds of animals. The receptionists don’t always know and they rattle off the instructions for a dog or cat. I would confirm with the vet (or at least the vet tech) that will be doing the surgery… just to make sure they hadn’t intended for you to receive those instructions and that they do indeed know what they are doing.

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A no food before surgery??