Choosing a vet

One of the most important things you can do for your bunny, is find a vet that you trust to care for your new family member.  Unfortunately, many vets will not volunteer the fact that they don't have a lot of experience in treating rabbits, so it is very important that you find a vet before you have an emergency.
The most important questions to ask your vet before surgery are;
1. What anesthesia do you use ?
Answer should be isoflurane.
2. Do you give post operative pain relief ?
Answer should be yes !
3. Do you require that he patient be fasted prior to surgery ?
Answer should be NO. Rabbits cannot vomit, so there is no need for this, and it can be VERY dangerous for the bun to have an empty digestive tract.
4. Does the operating theatre have monitoring equipment ?
Answer should be yes. Rabbits hearts can race during anesthesia, it is very important to monitor this so that if the heart rate gets too high they can treat it before the bun has a heart attack and dies.
5. Do you remove uterus and ovaries ?
Answer should be yes. Some only remove ovaries, this will sterilize the bun, but not remove the risk of uterine cancer. The vet may say that it is dangerous and unnecessary - if so, I would suggest that the vet is inexperienced, and to keep looking. If you are in any doubt about which bits to remove, please read Onyx's story on Miriam Palevskys webpage.

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