Although all surgical procedures can be uncomfortable, recovery from neutering is usually very rapid. In the vast majority of cases rabbits are on their feet within a few hours of the procedure, and are also given pain-relief drugs for the procedure itself, and throughout recovery. Some rabbits may be subdued for a day or so following the procedure, and may appear drowsy or a little wobbly that evening, but most rabbits are back to their normal selves within a few days.
Comprehensive pain relief is especially important in rabbits, as sometimes being in pain can cause them to stop eating. This slows down their guts, and can lead to a potentially life-threatening problem called ileus. All rabbits neutered at Vets4Pets are given strong pain killers, and encouraged to start eating as soon as they wake up. If your rabbit is coming in to be neutered we recommend bringing in their favourite food to have when they wake up!
Full recovery, including skin healing, is generally under ten days. Keeping the area clean will allow that natural healing process to take place as quickly as possible. Rabbits should be kept inside during recovery on clean, dry bedding that won’t stick to or irritate the surgical area – towels are a good option. Your vet will be able to recommend when they can go back to their normal housing at their post-operative check, but this is usually within a week of the operation.