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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-22-2011, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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So benji is around 6 months old, and has been changing a bit! And just had a few questions!

-He has been circling like crazy and will honk as he runs with his tail up and he will poop as he circles, i guess marking his territory? But his poop has been smelling AWFUL lately.. is this normal? After he circles he will ALWAYS flop right beside my leg and then lay there flopped with his eyes rolled, when he flops i normally dont see the whites of his eyes, but now i do..

-he has just all around been stinking lately and he normally never smells and has been peeing everywhere he can and that smells worse than normal also!

-i made an appointment for the little guy to be desexed the first week of june. I have read some previous threads about the surgery, but i'm still a littler nervous. Are there any signs or anything certain i should watch once he is home from the surgery?

-Will the srgery change his personality much if any? Because he (in my opinion ) is the best bunny, and so friendly, and crazy and i don't want him to change to a mean bun


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THANKS so much! i am glad i have this forum for all the help / support!


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Yup, that's all hormones. Even the super stinkyness! Fun stuff, isn't it?


Don't worry about the whites of his eyes showing during his flops, they tend to do weird things with their eyes. Rabbits can actually sleep with their eyes open, so sometimes they look really strange LOL.


As long as you can a good vet, there's next to no risk. But one HUGE mistake a lot of people unknowingly make is to fast their buns before their surgery. If your vet insists on fasting, find a new vet. Rabbits are incapable of throwing up, so there is no risk of aspirating during the surgery. Neuters are really quick surgeries too, they are literally put under for less than 2 minutes.
Receptionists can make mistakes too: When Smudge get fixed, the receptionist accidentally read off of the dog/cat presurgical sheet, and told me to fast Smudge. I called back and talked to the vet, and he said it was a mistake. So just watch out for those kinda of things!
The only other tip I can think of is to bring some hay, pellets, and treats with your bun so they can eat right away when they wake up. That's very important. I sent one of Smudge's stuffies with him so he could smell something familiar.


The only change in his personality that you see will be a positive one. I didn't get Smudge fixed until he was 5, so I was especially worried about that too. He was such a sweet little guy, and I didn't know how the surgery would affect him since he was older. But now without those nasty hormones to distract him, he is even more affectionate and sweet than before. Now when he runs crazy circles around me and follows me around, I know that it is because he loves me and wants be be with me... Before, it was always because he wanted to hump me, LOL! My slippers are now safer than ever.
He is nicer to my other pets too, no one has been attacked since he was fixed.



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ahh thank you so much! My vet said just to bring a bag of hay, some fresh greens, and then a tiny treat that his favourite. But i'm glad to know that they shouldn't fast because i was wondering about that!

I'm glad personality only improves!

This was all very helpful and makes me feel so much better about everything, thank you!


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No problem, I hope everything goes well!



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I got Speckle spayed when she was about 3months and she pretty much has stayed the same (she's now about 5months-ish) but she's female, Simon is neutered and although I rescued him that way he is super calm and SO lazy, I know males make better pets because they're calmer and it's VERY true, Simon lets you hold him like a baby, it's super adorable!


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Congrats on having him neutered The neuter is a fast heal bc it's not invasive like a spay. I always bring in a stuffie with bunnies so they have something familiar too!! Good luck and keep us updated
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thanks guys! I feel much less nervous! BUT some major news benji has been to the vet a couple times now and all said he was a boy, but I switched vets the last time to one that was recommended on bunny.org and my little boy benji, is a LITTLE GIRL. :S So she will now be going in for a spay.. does this make things much different?


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Aww, you have a little Bennie now! Haha. Spays are more invasive than nueters, so it will take longer to heal and she probably won't bounce back as quickly as a neutered male would. And spays are usually more expensive. So the main difference will be on your wallet LOL.



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awww, mistaken gender seems to be extremely common with rabbits, no worries though, I love my little girl! they certainly have tons of more personality, she's my ADD bunny, LOL


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Sexing bunnies is haaarrdd!!!!! Aw, congrats on the switch! Explains the circling behavior a lot more now! (they do that territorily and dominantly)

As said, spays are more invasive. But if the vet is rabbit.org approved then she'll come through fine. Very picky list of questions and experience which a vet must pass to get on those lists
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It stinks that even a vet couldn't properly sex Benji, are you keeping the name? lol


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Two different vets saw him.. er her :S and said that she was a boy, but i don't think Australia is very big on house bunnies and bunnies for pets yet, as i couldnt find any rabbit vet or specialist, and the rabbit.org site had one vet in my area and it was right by my house! very lucky.

Does anybody know how long I should keep her confined to a smaller space?

And will the new awful smell start to go away after spaying?

About the name.. She just started responding to benji and doing cute head flicks and come running, so I will either keep it or find a girl name that starts with a B, because thats probably the only part she recognises and the way i say it

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how about... Betsie? LOL, anyways, I only kept Speckle confined the day she came home after surgery, she was still kinda drugged up so she really wasn't moving much, but she started acting like her normal self in about 2-3days, she started eating that night, I had no issues with her (thank jebus!) by the end of the week she was running around and being her happy ADD bunny self.


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Just keep her confined for a couple days. Check on her incision a couple times a day (there's the cutest little e-collars for them if they pick out the stitches) and make sure she's eating and stuff. It took Acacia a couple days to get back to normal too, but just let her do it on her own time.
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Just brought benji back from having the operation! Poor little thing is very drowsy, and they said they struggled with getting her to eat, i got her to eat a bit of carrot and apple, but wont have anything to do with the hay or parsley.. I drenched the apple in water because she hasnt drank either..

Also noticed one eye is runny and she wont open it :s I think i am going to call the vet soon and just ask about it because i have no idea why her eye would be like this.

Hope she starts eating more soon or the vet said to bring her back


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