Unfortunately, the number of rabbits born each year, far outweighs the number of good homes available to care for them, and consequently many are left to fend for themselves. Having your rabbit neutered will reduce these numbers and is one of the simplest things that can be done to ensure your rabbit is healthy and happy for as long as possible.
There are many health benefits to neutering your rabbit
80% of female rabbits will develop a type of uterine cancer known as an adenocarcinoma by the age of five. Early speying of females will greatly reduce their chances of developing mam-mary cancer (breast cancer) later in life as well as preventing hormonal behaviour.
Castrating male rabbits will help to prevent any aggressive behaviour, reducing the amount of fighting they are involved in as well as prevention of urine spraying.
Rabbits do have a slightly higher anaesthesia risk than dogs and cats. However, the benefits of neutering in an otherwise healthy rabbit generally far outweigh the risk.
Bringing your rabbit in for neutering
- Both speying and castration in rabbits requires an anaesthetic
- Please contact reception if you require a quote for prices
- Bring in some of your rabbits normal food so it can be fed afterwards
- Do not withhold food from your rabbit before surgery. Rabbits do not need to be starved before any procedure which requires an anaesthetic
- Your rabbit should be ready to come home on the day of surgery, though occasionally we do keep rabbits in overnight to monitor them and make sure they are eating again
Choosing the right age for neutering
Both male and female rabbits can be neutered from an early age. Most will be big enough by the time they are 4 or 5 months of age. A quick check by one of our vets or nurses will be able to tell you if your rabbit is ready to be neutered.
If you have any questions about neutering and how it could benefit your rabbit, please contact the practice and we will be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.