Postoperative Care

For Your Rabbit

Normal Female Rabbits

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Abnormal Female Rabbits

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Normal Male Rabbits

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Postoperative Care FAQs

Is there pain medication available after the surgery?

Your pet will receive pain medication before and during surgery. In addition, you can purchase take-home pain medication for use after surgery which is recommended.

What is the green mark on my pet?

A small tattoo is the best way to identify your pet has been spayed or neutered. It is standard procedure for sterilization surgeries.

What is the recovery period like?

The recovery period is seven to ten days. You need to restrict their activity and keep them indoors. You also want to watch their incision closely. We will give you Postoperative Care Instructions when you pick up your pet.

Is the procedure painful?

Surgical is performed under general anesthesia with additional pain medication administered by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine. The animal is asleep during the procedure and may experience mild discomfort after surgery. Most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. Pain medication is also offered for home use at a minimal cost.

Is the surgery safe?

With any surgical procedure, there is always risk but we take every step possible to protect your pet. Your pet will be constantly monitored in person as well as with specialized monitoring equipment during surgery. Pets In Stitches uses an anesthetic protocol that is widely accepted in our field. A licensed veterinarian perform the surgery while the pet is under full anesthesia. Your pet will stay at our clinic for the day so we will be able to observe them during recovery.

How long does the surgery take?

It depends on the animal and the surgery; most surgeries are completed in 20 minutes or less.

Can they drink water all night before surgery?

Yes, always keep water available to your pets. However, unless your pet is under 4 months of age, no food after midnight.

Will my animal’s behavior be changed by spay or neuter surgery?

The behavior changes as a result of sterilization surgery are positive. Males reduce territorial spraying. Neutered animals fight less and do not wander in search of a mate.

Will my pet gain weight after this surgery?

Weight gain is more a product of exercise, nutrition and aging, than spaying or neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

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