Dried blood spot by neuter site

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  1. Dec 6, 2018 #1

    Marie_Chubbers_Willow

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    Hello everyone!
    I just got an account here and I am a happy mom of two bunnies. Chubbers and Willow. Chubbers is 12 weeks old and just got neutered. Willow is 6 months old and she is spayed. I have them in separate cages right now but how long do I need to keep them separated? Chubbers is getting annoyed with being cooped up in a small cage. He's used to sharing the play pen with Willow. I tried to check his neuter site today and he darted out of the cage and was squirming and kicking like mad to avoid me. I tried putting a towel over him to calm down but he was so excited to be out he wiggled out of it! I was getting nervous that I put a lot of strain on his surgery site and upon FINALLY getting him butt up so I could take a peak I noticed two dots of red, but dry, blood. One side of the site was a little swollen but it almost seemed like an empty sack. Are the two specks of blood something I should get looked at? I've been keeping an eye on him and he's acting his normal rambunctious self. He's full of curiousity and energy still. Eating and drinking normally and getting into trouble like always. Is there an easier way to check out his genitals without having it be such a struggle for a young energetic holland Lop?
    Willow is an English spot and I can tell she's getting kind of lonely. I wish I could speed the healing process. Is a small amount of blood the day after surgery normal?
     
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    Help!!! He got wet too because he spilled over his water bowl...
     
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    It will depend on when she was spayed and also how hormonal he behaves. If she was spayed more than a couple weeks ago and is completely healed up from that, and he isn't terribly hormonal always pestering her, and she is happy to be back with him(no scuffles), then I would probably give it a try and see how it goes. But if she recently had her spay surgery then she needs time to heal, usually a couple of weeks, unless you are absolutely certain he will leave her completely alone and never attempt to mount her, then maybe putting them back together would work if they are used to being together all the time, but it could also be a risk. And she does need to be kept confined if she just had surgery. If he is hormonal and wanting to pester her all the time, then you will need to keep them separate and give him usually 3-4 weeks for his hormones to subside enough.

    As long as he's not actively bleeding and/or has an open wound, it's not something I would worry about tonight. If you are still concerned in the morning, just give the vet a call and ask if it's a problem. Usually the boys don't need to really be confined very long as a neuter is usually not very invasive and they recover quickly, unless your vet gave specific instructions to keep him confined. Easiest way to check is to get him to stand up or put his front paws up on something.

    If you don't have post surgical care instructions, I've found this link helpful.
    http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/opcare.html
     
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    I am going to take him to the vet Monday because that's the soonest I can. His left ball sack looks a little swollen and red. The other side looks completely fine like nothing even happened. The dried blood spot still looks the same but there is a dot of red. Not blood though because I touched it and nothing transferred to my finger. I can't tell if that's normal or if that's a small amount of bleeding/ripped stitch.
    He licks his genitals every now and then but he has been acting normal. I think I'll reintroduce the buns Monday or Tuesday after I hear what the vet has to say.
     
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    Regardless of what the vet says, do NOT reintroduce them so soon. It can take as long as 6-8 weeks after neuter for hormones to fully dissipate. Introducing sooner than 3-4 weeks after surgery is asking for trouble. (some take longer than others for hormones to dissipate so it can be anywhere from 3 or 4 weeks to 8 weeks -- but not sooner)

    It seems most vets don't get this and often tell people to put the rabbits together right away. Here on RO we've heard that mistaken advice given all too often with bad consequences. Trying too soon has the potential to permanently prevent a bond. There is no risk or harm in waiting longer.
     
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    I was just thinking that because he was only 12 weeks old when neutered, that he may not be terribly hormonal. My babies were just barely starting to get hormonal at that age. So if he isn't really hormonal at all, and she is fully recovered, then it could be possible to introduce sooner than the usual wait period. Especially if they were already together and got along just prior to the neuter/spay.
     
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    No he wasn't extremely hormonal. The only thing he would do is try to hump her a little more than she preferred I feel like haha. He has never sprayed his urine and the buns got along just fine before his neuter. I believe I've only had to stop some circling behavior a few times, but Willow easily just let Chubbers be the dominant one. I let them hang around each other for about 15mins today because I started to feel bad about how cooped up Chubbers has been since his surgery. They got along fairly well. Circled once but otherwise friendly towards each other. Chubbers started binkying and getting a little too rowdy though so I went to take him out of the play pen and he literally lept out of arms and landed funny and tried to scurry away but I got him....I was extremely distraught by this and have been keeping an eye on him. He only fell about 2 feet TOPS but still. I hope he is okay. He's acting normal...still a trouble making rowdy boy so ill see what the vet finds as far as his neuter and health goes early next week. Do you think the fall could have damaged anything?

    I feel like such a bad bunny mom. I just want my Chubbers to be happy and healthy...
     
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    If he's not limping and is acting normal, hopefully not. But do be careful since he is so wiggly. I had a bunny spring out of my arms once, unexpectedly and before I could stop her, and she broke her toe when she landed. So try and make sure you have a nice firm hold on him before standing up/moving with him. I have one rabbit that is like this and when I have to pick her up(which I try and avoid whenever possible), I always have a firm hold on her and I also cover her head/eyes with the other hand. It seems to help. But she is a small rabbit so it's easier to do than if she was a bigger bun.
     

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