Rabbit Neutering

Neutering your rabbit is a responsible way to stop breeding and offers many other health and behavioural benefits.

Help your rabbit live a longer and healthier life and discover more about the neutering procedure and post-operative care.

What is neutering?

Neutering involves the surgical removal of the reproductive organs to stop any unwanted pregnancies.

For male rabbits, castration involves removing the testicles and for females, spaying involves removing the ovaries and the uterus.

It’s one of the most common procedures we do here at Aldgate, and it is done under general anaesthetic.

Why should I neuter my rabbit?

Neutering stops the risk of your rabbit getting pregnant and removes the risk of false pregnancies, which can cause unwanted hormonal behaviour.

After the surgery, your pet rabbit can become better behaved, eliminating problems such as aggression, territorial marking, and destructive behaviour.

For female rabbits, neutering reduces the risk of cancers and womb infections.

The procedure is also beneficial for socialisation. Rabbits need companionship and male-female pairings generally work best together. If they’re left on their own, they may display some abnormal behaviour from being bored and lonely.

What age can rabbits be neutered?

The ideal age to get your rabbit neutered varies between males and females. We recommend neutering males between three and five months of age and females between four and six months.

Rabbits can mature at different rates, so it’s crucial to speak to one of our vets to determine the best timing for your rabbit.

Advantages of having male rabbits castrated

Castrating male rabbits has various advantages. Having the operation can reduce aggressive behaviour, territorial marking, and the tendency to mount other rabbits or objects.

Castration eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and decreases the risk of urinary tract issues.

Neutered male rabbits tend to be more docile, making them easier to handle and integrate into the family.

Advantages of having female rabbits spayed

Spaying female rabbits has many health and behavioural benefits. It can eliminate the risk of uterine cancer, mammary cancer, and womb infections.

It is also beneficial as it stops the stress and health risks associated with pregnancy and birth.

Spayed females are less prone to mood swings and territorial behaviours associated with hormonal changes during the breeding season.

What can I expect on the day?

When you bring your rabbit into our surgery, we’ll conduct a pre-operative examination to ensure your pet is in good health before the procedure.

Neutering is performed under local anaesthetic, and your rabbit will be closely monitored throughout.

Most rabbits will be able to return home the same day as their procedure, however they may leave feeling a little groggy and disorientated for a little while afterwards.

Is it safe to neuter a rabbit?

Our vets carry out rabbit neutering as a routine procedure at our practice. As with any surgery, there are risks, but the benefits outweigh any potential complications.

Please come in and discuss any concerns you have, and we’ll ensure your beloved rabbit is in good hands.

Can a neutered female rabbit live with an unneutered male?

Yes, a neutered female rabbit can co-habit with an unneutered male, as long as the female has fully recovered from surgery.

After surgery, we recommend introducing your rabbits back together gradually and with supervision to ensure a harmonious living arrangement.

Neutering aftercare for your rabbit

It’s important to provide your rabbit with a quiet and comfortable space so they can make a full recovery.

After surgery, you’ll be provided with post-operative care instructions, including any prescribed medication and dietary requirements.

You should try and limit your pet’s physical activity and check the area regularly to make sure it doesn’t get infected. If you see any signs of infection, please do call us to arrange a check-up and we can support getting your rabbit back up to good health.

Neutering your rabbit is a responsible choice as a pet owner, and it will contribute to better health and social wellbeing. By understanding the procedure, the benefits and the aftercare involved, we hope you can make an informed decision about rabbit neutering.

Consult with us today and we can help you determine the best approach to suit the needs of yourself and your pet rabbit.

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