SURGICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR RABBITS
Rabbits generally tolerate surgery very well. However, compared to dogs, cats, and other species, we have some special considerations for our rabbit patients.
Nutrition and feeding Do not limit your rabbit's food and water the day before and the morning of surgery. Please leave some of your rabbit's regular foods with us when it is admitted for it's procedure.
It is very important that your rabbit begin eating soon after recovery from anesthesia. We typically begin with hay for the first day, and pellets and leafy greens are re-introduced the next day. If necessary we will use other foods to tempt it to eat.
If your rabbit does not begin eating by the time it is ready to be discharged from the hospital we will often dispense a powdered critical care diet, a feeding syringe and instructions for syringe feeding.
(If your rabbit has not started eating after surgery and you would like to test whether it has even a small appetite, try offering it a Craisin. For some reason most rabbits find these irresistable.)
Incisions should be checked three to four times daily for the first week after surgery. Some rabbits are inclined to chew at surgical incisions.
Medications Your rabbit will be discharged with one or two post-operative pain medications and possibly an antibiotic. Please give these as directed.