As many of you will be aware animal charities are currently full to breaking point with unwanted pets. It is therefore very important that rabbit owners are responsible and take steps to avoid unwanted pregnancies. If you have no specific plans for breeding then we would suggest you give consideration to having them neutered (removal of reproductive organs) and our staff would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
In male rabbits the procedure is called ‘castration’ and involves surgical removal of the testicles. This removes the ability of your rabbit to impregnate another. It also reduces levels of testosterone which can reduce negative behavioural traits such as dominant behaviour and spraying. There are also health benefits such as removing the risk of testicular cancer.
In female rabbits the procedure is called ‘spaying’ and involves surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus. As a result of this your rabbit will no longer be able to become pregnant. It is believed that 80% of female rabbits over the age of 5 years develop mammary cancer which is strong enough justification to neuter on its own.
We perform lots of castrations and spays each year and would class them as routine. In general most patients will go home the same day and then come back three days later for a check of the surgical incision.
We would suggest neutering your rabbit anywhere from four months of age however this decision will be made on an individual basis so please get in touch to discuss.