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    Default Asking for pain relief to take home after a spay.

    I had an appointment at my usual vets recently regarding something else and decided to ask about Pippin's spay that will be happening soon.
    I said will I be able to take pain relief home for her and she said not generally, we give them injections.
    Everyone on here has said that you must/should have pain relief to take home and I most certainly want some.
    Can I demand it? What can I say?

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    I had this problem. I knew they needed it but not quite how badly, so I gave up and just accepted it. I would definitely insist now or I'd go elsewhere. I still feel guilty

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    I would say that I would not expect to be discharged from hospital after major abdominal surgery with no take home analgesia

    Pain relief given via injection will wear off within 24 hours

    Pain in Rabbits causes them to not eat leading to gut slow-down/ gut stasis

    Post operative gut stasis is a known risk factor after a spay

    Rabbits are prey animals, they have evolved to hide obvious signs of pain. They are not vocal (unless screaming in terror/agony) and tend to exhibit signs of pain in a physiological way- eg not eating, gut stasis, hypothermia, systemic shock

    You could also print this to back up your argument:

    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=500


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    I have had this problem too. With a guinea pig after her spay I ended up having to use the end of a bottle I already had that was a few months old, because they refused to give me it. Ridiculous.
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    Thank you everyone. I'm going to make sure they will give me pain relief before I book her in for her spay. Especially thanks to Jack's-Jane you never let me down!

    Binky free Pippin & Pumpkin xxxx

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    Oh and how long will I need it for and how much? Sorry I've never had a bun spayed before. So worried.

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    I would expect to give it for at least 2-3 days. The dose rate of Metacam is between 0.3mg-0.6mg/kg/24 hours. A middle of the range dose may be appropriate. The Vet should do a post op check, so I would ask for enough doses to give until the check takes place.

    How Rabbit savvy is your Vet ? To be honest if he/she is awkward about post op' analgesia I would be reluctant to have him/her spay my Rabbit in the first place.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    I would expect to give it for at least 2-3 days. The dose rate of Metacam is between 0.3mg-0.6mg/kg/24 hours. A middle of the range dose may be appropriate. The Vet should do a post op check, so I would ask for enough doses to give until the check takes place.

    How Rabbit savvy is your Vet ? To be honest if he/she is awkward about post op' analgesia I would be reluctant to have him/her spay my Rabbit in the first place.
    Thank you. This particular vet wasn't my usual and she seemed alright but nothing special. My usual vet is rabbit savvy and I'm quite comfortable with him doing the op. I'm going to double check everything before I book her in.

    Binky free Pippin & Pumpkin xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazxo View Post
    Thank you. This particular vet wasn't my usual and she seemed alright but nothing special. My usual vet is rabbit savvy and I'm quite comfortable with him doing the op. I'm going to double check everything before I book her in.
    id speak to your usual bunny savvy vet and see what they say about the pain meds if they agree great if not id be wary of getting the spay done.
    If they agree then you could ask them to update their colleagues if they work in the same practice so they ate not giving out the wrong info to other owners.

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