Postoperative Care for a Rabbit Spayed or Neutered at Pets In Stitches

Hi, I'm Dr. Rastetter from Pets In Stitches. This video will review general postoperative guidelines for a male or female rabbit spayed or neutered at Pets In Stitches. If your rabbit was spayed or neutered elsewhere, please refer to their postoperative instructions since they may be different than ours. When you get your rabbit home, take a good look at the surgical incision. Today is normal. A little bit of redness and swelling may set in and that's fine but if it changes dramatically in any way, please let us know. Do not let your rabbit chew or lick at the incision. If this start occurring, they must be fitted for an Elizabethan collar to prevent self-trauma. The sutures that are placed are dissolvable so your rabbit does not need to return for a suture removal. One of the most important things for after surgery is keeping your rabbit restricted in its activity for the next seven to ten days. This will help minimize the risk for complications. We're trying to control the running, the jumping, the playing. Please make sure that your rabbit is eating. This is very important. Feed the normal diet. If you believe that your rabbit is not eating like normal or drinking, please contact us. Your rabbit may have a tattoo near its surgical incision to identify it as spayed or neutered. Right now it's smeared. It's messy. But when it heals in a few weeks, it will be a small green line and when the hair grows back, you should not see it anymore. Your rabbit did go home with pain medication. This is very important for you to administer. Do not give any over-the-counter pain medications which can be very toxic to rabbits. When your rabbit gets home, he will probably still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia. Thus, they may be tired or over reactive to normal sounds and lights.This will subside over 24 hours. But since your rabbit can be unpredictable and potentially even aggressive, please minimize the handling and keep him or her separated from other pets and children which should not be an issue if you've been restricting like you have been instructed. Most every time spaying and neutering go well but there is always a small risk for complications. Please contact us if any of the following occur. Your rabbit is not eating or drinking like normal. The incision opens up or you start seeing drainage from the incision. If your rabbit is lethargic for more than 24 hours or the stools are smaller or less frequent than normal. If your rabbit has had any labored breathing. Pets In Stitches will recheck your rabbit at no charge for any complications related directly to surgery. You can contact us during office hours at 937-630-3320. Our staff does carry an on-call cell phone until 10pm Monday through Saturday for urgent situations and that phone number is listed on the back of your postoperative form. Another alternative is that you may email me at [email protected] This is especially valuable if you're worried about how the surgical incision is looking since you can take a picture and attach it to the email. The instructions are on the back of your form as to what information must be included. Please be aware that Pets In Stitches can only provide postoperative support to our own patients. If, however, you believe your rabbit is in a situation that is critical and you cannot wait for us to contact you back, contact one of the local emergency clinics. One is the Dayton CARE Center at 937-428-0911. The other is MedVet 937-293-2714. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Postoperative Care for a Rabbit Spayed or Neutered at Pets In Stitches

  1. Hello, very informative video. I had my male bunny neutered yesterday and he is having the same symptoms as being tired and lazy. I think he is starting to eat. But he has eye discharge (crusting around the eyes) is this normal or should I be worried?

  2. WHat worries me is that if something happens afte hours, no one is willing to save my rabbit because they aren't getting paid.

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