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01481 723863 Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:30 | Sat 08:00 - 17:30 | Sunday by appointment
01481 241056 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 18:00 | Sat 08:30 - 12:30 | Sunday by appointment
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Anaesthetics in my rabbit

No anaesthetic is risk-free, but we do everything we can to limit the risk and to reduce the stresses and strains involved. This article is designed to help you understand how we intend to care for your rabbit through each stage of the procedure.


Pre-operative form

Please read the instructions carefully and ensure that they have been complied with.

Please complete the form and return it with your rabbit – this gives us important information and guidance on your specific requirements.

Admission to the surgery

When you bring your rabbit to the surgery, you will be asked to wait in reception for one of our veterinary nurses.

The nurse will check your animal’s details and ask you to sign the anaesthetic consent form. Please let the nurse know of any concerns of specific requests, and ensure that you leave a telephone number for contact while your pet is with us.

Please allow 15 to 20 minutes for this process.

Before the anaesthetic

Your pet will be weighed so that that drug doses can be calculated, and a blood sample is taken if required. Then your pet will be placed in a clean, warm, well-bedded kennel.

The order of surgery for that morning will have been planned, but we have to allow for emergencies or other procedures that take priority, so we cannot predict exactly when your rabbit’s procedure will take place.

A pre-medication injection is usually given soon after admittance. The drugs given will be chosen according to each rabbit’s requirements. The function of the pre-medication is to sedate the animal, to reduce stress, to reduce the amount of the main anaesthetic agent given, to ensure a smooth postoperative recovery and to provide pain relief.

Pre-medication takes about half an hour to work.


The anaesthetic

Your rabbit is taken into the operating theatre where general anaesthesia is induced by an injection given – the particular agent used will vary according to each animal’s requirements.

Once ‘asleep’, the animal breathes a mixture of anaesthetic gas and oxygen. We are now using ‘Isofluorane’ as our standard anaesthetic gas, which provides a level of safety and control ahead of other anaesthetic agents.

During the operation, our well-trained nurses, using high quality, modern instruments will monitor heart and breathing rates, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, under the direction of the veterinary surgeon.

In some cases, e.g. if the operation is a lengthy one, or the animal is old or ill, fluids may be given by an intravenous drip. Extra painkillers will be given if required.


At the end of the operation, your pet is allowed to regain consciousness and is then placed back in the kennel to recover fully.

During recovery, a nurse will carefully monitor your pet.

Once your pet is fully recovered and is bright, alert, and capable of walking unaided, you will be able to collect him or her. Please telephone as instructed by the admitting nurse to find out when your pet can safely go home.

When you collect your pet, you will be asked to settle your account. A nurse will bring your pet to you, and discuss the operation with you. She will tell you how you should feed your pet, and what medication, e.g. painkillers, antibiotics, you will need to give. In non-routine cases, the veterinary surgeon in charge of your case will telephone you or book an appointment to discuss the case.


Costs of surgery

We are happy to provide an estimate for a specific procedure. However, each case will be individually assessed and may need extra materials or medicines that could not be foreseen prior to anaesthesia. Where possible, the veterinary surgeon will discuss these with you. Additional procedures e.g. blood tests or extra medicines e.g. painkillers will be charged to your account in addition to the standard fee.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s anaesthetic or operation, please contact the veterinary surgeon in charge of your case, or one of our veterinary nurses, to discuss them.