Before the procedure takes place, we ask that you, (the owner) read this information carefully as it provides you with knowledge ready for the elected procedure. All surgical procedures undertaken carry associated risks and complications. Small furries have an increased risk, although we put in appropriate measures to help try and reduce this. Although rare, we want you to be fully informed before you proceed.
It is extremely important that rabbits are not starved and continue to eat and drink as normal. We would ask that you bring a sample of their food along on the day so that we can offer this to them during their stay. We have food available however it is ideal if they continue eating their current diet.
The procedure your rabbit will be having is called a castration. This surgical procedure involves removing both testicles but leaving the scrotum in place. Once this procedure has been performed it cannot be reversed.
Please read the following list of complications that can result from this procedure and ask a member of staff if you have any questions or concerns. This list is not exhaustive. Should an accepted complication arise, owners are liable for the costs associated with the complication.
- Anaesthetic death (higher risk in rabbits)
- Haemorrhage (bleeding) both during and after the procedure (inside or outside of the abdomen)
- Wound break down
- Wound infection
- Bruising and swelling
- Seroma (pocket of fluid)
- Damage to the penis
- Suture material reaction
- Risk of injury when handling and on recovery post-operatively. Rabbits are at higher risk of injuring their backs which can lead to permanent paralysis.
- Gut stasis
- Clipper rash or skin reaction to surgical scrub
- Laceration to the skin from clippers (rabbits have very thin skin)
We take precautions to minimise these risks to your rabbit, however on occasion complications do arise. We do offer post-operative check at 3 days post-surgery to monitor their recovery.