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    Default At what point should I start panicking about Honey not eating?

    Honey has now been home from her spay for two hours, and has been hiding behind her litter tray all that time she's got yummy things next to her to nibble but she hasn't touched anything how long should I leave her like that? And at what point do I need to think about syringe feeding her?

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    did the vets give her pain killers? try and tempt her with her favourite treats, or something sot like banana or abit of cabbage/herbs if she won;t touch her pellets

    when my bunny was neutered we came home with fibreplex to give him, to keep the gut moving, but he went straight for his supper as males do anyway, females can be alittle quiet after speying
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    For mine, I personally have never syringe fed. I also go against the grain and I only seek help if they have not eaten by 2pm the next day, unless they look in a horrific state, because of the risk of exaccerbating the situation and stress levels. I'm not suggesting you do that, that's just what I choose to do, knowing my bunnies.

    Normally for my girls its late evening they start to eat, and generally its things liek grass, fresh herbs, stuff like that, so I would suggest tempting her with those things too.
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    I'd expect her to be eating by the morning as long as she has painkillers. If not give the vet a call.

    Don't worry too much, a spay is a big op for a bun and the are often out of it for a while.



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    On Beano's notes from the vet it said ring back if she isn't eating within 12 hours but I would've started to worry if she wasn't eating before that. Beano didn't eat her pellets until a day or two afterwards, she ate hay first then veg. Try sweet smelling foods like herbs, banana and her favourite foods to tempt her. Good luck and I wish her and you all the best xxx Try not to worry, buns usually are quiet after their spay x

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    She had an injection of metacam and I've got a sachet of supreme science recovery to syringe feed if necessary. I just dont know how long to leave her without eating??? She's got crunchies, normal pellets, yummy oat hay, carrot, spring greens, but isn't interested in any of it she's just hiding

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    I agree with Sky - I personally would not syringe feed tonight as I think it stands more chance of creating ongoing stasis through additional stress if they are handled and pushed too much too soon. I doubt you'd feel like eating the evening after you had a hysterectomy, you'd probably just want to crawl into a quiet corner and be left alone - it's pretty normal that she'll be feeling poorly tonight.

    I would ring the vets quick before they shut and check that she has been given painkiller, and if she has, just leave her warm and quiet with a bowl of water as well as her yummy foods while keeping an eye on her from a distance this evening, and hopefully by the morning she will have started to pick up
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    Thank you all, you posted while I was typing my post! I'll try not to panic too much tonight then...

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    Have you got additional painkillers to give her?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky-O View Post
    Have you got additional painkillers to give her?
    No, they said it would last a couple of days. I've got some metacam here though that was Olly's...

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