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POST ANAESTHETIC CARE OF YOUR RABBIT

Your rabbit has had an anaesthetic today. Please take time to read this handout.

On collection, your rabbit should be awake, alert and preferably eating.

When you get your rabbit home, put it in a clean cage indoors with comfortable bedding (eg towels or Vetbed) and newspaper. Do not use hay/straw/shavings as these may irritate any surgical wound.

After an anaesthetic, it is especially important to get your rabbit to eat. Offer food and water as normal but tempt your rabbit with a variety of their favorite food. If your rabbit has not eaten overnight, please contact the surgery for advice.

Please also monitor your rabbit to ensure that it is passing faeces. This is a good indication that its gastrointestinal tract is working normally.

If your rabbit has a surgical wound please check it daily. The wound should be clean and dry and not causing any irritation. Internal, dissolvable stitches may have been used which do not need to be removed but in some cases external stitches may be present. We would like to check your rabbit in 7 – 10 days time to check the wound and/or remove stitches.

Neutering – If you have two rabbits of the same sex living together, they can be neutered at the same time and then kept together. However, males can remain fertile after castration for up to 6 weeks and so should be kept apart from females during this time.

Fly control – During warmer weather, attention to fly control is vital if your rabbit has a surgical wound. The hutch should be kept clean and the wound should be inspected twice daily. If fly control is a problem, consider keeping your rabbit indoors until the wound has healed.

If your rabbit has not eaten or passed faeces within 12 hours, seems especially quiet or its wound appears red or swollen, please contact the surgery for advice or to arrange a complimentary post-op check.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS THEM WITH YOU.

A 24 hour emergency service is available on 01730 814321

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