Flopsy the rabbit is desexed

Many of you have already met Jacqui's dwarf lop ear rabbit, Flopsy, hopping around the reception desk. She loves to watch the traffic go by in the mornings while relaxing on the couch, followed by a game of chasy with Ned the puppy.

Unfortunately female rabbits have an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer during thier lifetime. So to remove this risk and to increase the chance of Flopsy living to the ripe old age of 9 or 10 she was recently speyed.

Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits and other rodent pets do not need to be fasted overnight before having a general anaethetic. So there was no grumpy, hungry bunnies on the morning of her big operation. But she knew something was up and spent a large part of the morning darting around the lounge room before she could be bribed into her travel cage with stawberries.

Being back at the clinic was nothing unusual for Flopsy. After checking out all the other patients she was ready for a bit of hay and lay down. To her surprise her nap was delayed by some unexpected prodding and a cold stethoscope during her full health check-up. Then a tiny prick with a needle and a moment later she was feeling a little bit sleepy. Before she knew what was going on Flopsy had had her operation and was back in her warm fluffy cage, being patted and snuggled between hot water bottles.

Just like when we have a general anaesthetic we feel a little bit nauseous afterwards, so do bunnies. But it is most important to get rabbits to eat as soon as possible, which may require a little coaxing. After a day of being hand fed puréed apples, banana and berries and long snuggles on laps, Flopsy was feeling much better, but still had to be kept quiet for the next week due to her abdominal sutures. Flopsy's sutures have now dissolved and she has healed well. It's now back to jumping on the lounge and playing hide and seek with Jacqui's cats, Henry and Darcy.

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