Vaccination and Neutering rabbit bob

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Bob’s Free Health Check

Like Babe, rabbit Bob came with a free health check and combined Myxomatosis / Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease vaccination. But unlike Babe, he would be seeing the new vet.

Now rabbit Bob had a nervous disposition and would run for cover when a sparrow flew over the garden. So, you can imagine my surprise when he put himself in the pet carrier. Then sat in the carrier on my wife’s lap, looking out the car window at the landscape flying past.

Bob sat in the carrier surveying all, while we walk across the car park through the shop to the vets. Then in the waiting area sat, ears pricked, watching the dogs and cats without a care in the world.

But when we went in to see the vet and out of the carrier, he reverted to his old self. Ears flat, hunched on the table scared to move. But he did not give the vet any problems. He had his weight taken, his teeth and eyes examined, and the injection, before being returned to the carrier.

We left the vets, assured that Bob was in good health, and headed home, with a happy rabbit. But would need to do it all again, for Bob’s RHT2 injection, three weeks later.

Bus Ride Bob

Now I had been thinking about selling the car for some time, since retiring it was no longer a necessity. As I was over sixty-five and entitled to a free bus pass, the car just sat outside the house.

During the three-week gap between Bob’s appointments, I sold the car and ordered an electric bike. Now the bike had to be collected the same day as Bob needed to see the vet. As the bike shop was only half a mile from the surgery, it looked like I was in for the same journey twice.

However, my wife came to the rescue, I left first, to pick up the bike. I was followed later by my wife with rabbit Bob, to meet me with my bike, at the surgery. Now Bob was happy with the vet until I asked if he was ready to be neutered.

He was not nasty. But he made it clear he was not pleased with the vet checking if things were in the right place. The vital parts had not dropped into place. So, I had to leave it for a month, and have him rechecked.

Bob, happy to be back in the carrier, and my wife went home on the bus, while I rode my new bike back. According to my wife, Bob behaved, on the bus much the same as in the car. Good, because he had another five trips before the vet would complete his castration: the recheck, operation and three aftercare visits.

The Neutering of rabbit bob

The month seemed to pass quickly, with Bob showing increasing interest in Babes rear end as the time passed. By the end of the month, she was getting very little rest from his un-welcome amorous advances.

Time for Bob to take a bus ride for his check-up. Now I know I should have been keeping an eye on how he was developing myself. But I have no desire to feel around that part of a rabbits anatomy thank you.

The vet did not need to either. It was apparent as soon as the vet stood him on his hind legs, and my wife exclaimed God, he is a big boy! When we had all stopped laughing, the vet agreed he was ready.

A few day’s later, Bob went back for the operation that would cool his ardour. His appointment was at 09:40, and his procedure was due to be done soon after. But rabbits need some tender loving care while coming around from the anaesthetic. They also need to be eating before being released by the vet.

A Long Wait

So, as with Babe, they would phone me around 2:00 pm to let me when he could be collected. Now I did not worry about Bob the way I did when Babe had her operation.

Although the anaesthetic held the same dangers, there would be far less internal trauma. So, half the healing time, and as Babe had bounced back, Bob should have no trouble.

But 2:00 pm came and went with no phone call, an hour later my wife said she was getting worried. So was I, but I brushed her off, saying they were probably busy, and hoping he was alright.

It was 4:00 pm before we found out everything had gone well, and he was ready for collection. We arrived at the surgery fifteen minutes later and left with a sedated, bald eared, rabbit Bob.

The Convalescence

It could take up to twenty-four hours for the effects of the anaesthetic to wear off. So rabbit Bob arrived home and in the cage, unaware of how and slept till late in the evening.

When he eventually moved, it was to the water bowl for a long drink, and next to nibble some hay. Now I knew the worst was over, and he was eating so would hopefully bounce back with no problems. I could go to bed!

The morning found Bob back to his usual self, apart from the canular wound in his bald ear. But he had to stay confined until his first post-op visit to the vet the following morning. As rabbits hide their pain, he would also need pain relief for three or four days.

First Post-op Check

Bob was his usual self, surveying all on the bus the next morning, and we arrived at the vet’s early. So, needing a few household essentials went shopping in the supermarket next door. Expecting to be refused entry by security, because of Bob in his carrier.

But nobody seemed to care, or they did not see him sat in the pet carrier watching the other shoppers. Shopping all done we headed for the vets and given the all-clear. His stitches were still in place and no sign of infection.

Back home, Bob could have the freedom of the house, but could not go out in the garden. I felt sorry for him; he spent hours sat looking out of the window at the playground. But with the added risk of picking up an infection, I would not take the chance.

Second and Final Check

Bob’s second post-op check went much the same as the first except the vet said the wound had knitted well. She must have good eyesight; I could not see it, even with my reading glasses on! So, Bob got the freedom of the garden.

Ten days after his operation, Bob had his final check and was discharged by the vet. She said he could return to the garden; and no, I did not tell her he had been there for the last five days.  So, we gave him a treat and took him to do a full weeks shopping.

I recently took Babe for her annual vaccinations, and on my return, when I let her out of the carrier. Bob ran across the room and sat in it, expecting his turn to go sightseeing. But he will have to wait; his turn will come at the end of the month.

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