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So my bunny Skylar is getting spayed this Friday and they called and said we should have hay and water in the carrier. The thing is that they said to keep water and hay in the carrier. I wasn’t able to pick up the call so they left a voicemail with all the information so i wasn’t able to ask this one question. How do I keep the water in the carrier without spilling. I know water bottles aren’t the best for rabbits and I normally just use a bowl. For my first bunny they didn’t ask to put water in the carrier and that was this summer. I am just wondering if it would be ok to use a water bottle just once since she won’t be out for long only from the morning until afternoon. I do not want to bring her without water because I think it would be important for her to have water when she’s there. I could maybe bring with a bowl and a water bottle and fill it up when we get there. Tell me what you guys think because I don’t know. I am also worried because a couple months ago when I scheduled the appointment I told my concerns because she is very small (polish) and only weighs about 2 pounds and still weighs that much. I’d just like some comfort and some reassurance because I don’t want them to make a mistake because she’s so small. I understand they are experienced vets but I’m just worried about my little baby.
 

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Your bunny is larger than my boy which went through a neuter at a cat vet specialist. I did everything you shouldn’t really do but he’s a boy.

I just left a bowl which the vet could fill with water for my boy. While I stuffed the carrier with hay and gave hay to the vets in a bag. So where Odin was placed they could just fill up with the hay during the day ☺

Everything will go well with your girl, if they are rabbit savy vets. Just make sure you get enough pain medication and critical care from them.
 

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I would take a water dish since your rabbit is used to it and fill it up when you get there. You probably don’t need any water for the ride unless it’s a really long ride or if it’s hot out.

She’ll be fine to get spayed, if they didn’t think so they wouldn’t let her get spayed. There’s some breeds of rabbits that are always that size so it should be okay. If it makes you feel better, my vet (who’s a rabbit vet but their clinic is mostly for cats and dogs so for teeth, etc we have to go to a different vet) noticed Snowballs weight had gone down 0.2 lbs or something like that and didn’t let her get spayed. And then when we tried again, they said she has a heart murmur so they don’t want to risk it. So if they find out there is a problem, they will let you know and not spay her. Good luck! I’m sure you’ve already researched for after the spay but here’s some links just because:
Spay & Neuter Post-Op Care | ghrs
 

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I already had one rabbit get spayed and she went into GI stasis but she was around 5 lbs at the time so much bigger than my other girl and so that’s making me a little worried for her. I hope my little girl will be ok. I decided to put the carrier in her pen for a couple of days so she’ll be used to it. I hope she’s going to be ok. I am glad the vet wants us to give her hay and water and that they want to keep her until the afternoon to make sure she’ll be ok.
 

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Bring a small dish with you when you drop your bun off. Then just ask them there if they want you to fill it before you leave or if they will. If your bun eats any greens or veggies, I always bring a baggie for them since that is usually what my buns will eat first. Though do make sure your vet will keep it refrigerated until they need it.
 

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Our rabbit-savvy DVMs suggested we remove the water bowl about an hour prior to drop-off time. It takes me approx. 45 min. to get to our clinic. I am guesstimating they prefer bun's bladder to be less full. That is my assumption. -- Our clinic has spayed over 30 or more of our rescues. The doctor does a pre-exam prior to being prepped for catheter insertion in their arm. (That being said, we had one Flemish Giant rescue experience cardiac arrest at the end of his neuter surgery; necropsy revealed the reason why. Heartbreaking when CBC/BMP was done prior to determine ALT, hydration, blood-clotting concerns, kidney function etc.)

We bring the hay they love, and a bag of their fave greens, and our vet clinic has hay also. Rabbit-savvy DVMs have CVTs to monitor vitals throughout surgery, and staff to attend to a post-surgery bun. Our clinic schedules the take-home time for later in the day after bun is eating and defecating A-OK.

Worrying about your fur-baby going thru surgery is normal. I hope you can access links on care of your bun undergoing sp/euter surgery or any surgery, and ask every Q you have. Lots of TLC and bunny cuddles or kisses, reassuring tone of voice, to reduce any stress levels your bunny may have in strange hands.

You two are in my thoughts and keep us posted. Precious companions and members of our family.
 

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So this is a different question but I was wondering how long after her spay should I start bonding her with my other spayed female. I know it’s about 6-8 weeks with male female bonds but is it different for female/female bonds?
 

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So this is a different question but I was wondering how long after her spay should I start bonding her with my other spayed female. I know it’s about 6-8 weeks with male female bonds but is it different for female/female bonds?
Best to wait until 8 weeks after the last one is neutered for any attempt at bonding.
 

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