Desexing Recommendations for your Rabbit
Rabbits are extremely fertile, and does (adult females) can give birth to up to 12 baby rabbits just 1 month after conception. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is the obvious reason to neuter your rabbit, but even if they are solitary at home, there are many benefits.
Female rabbits that are entire (not desexed) are much more likely to develop uterine cancer. In some rabbit breeds, there is a 50-80% chance that they will develop uterine adenocarcinoma (cancer) by the time they are five years old! Males can also develop testicular cancer if they are not desexed.
Additionally, both males and females tend to show more aggression and develop territorial behavior then those that are neutered. These behaviors can include urine spraying, as well as inter-rabbit and rabbit-human aggression.
For these reasons, we recommend that all female and male rabbits not kept for breeding should be desexed.
What are the risks?
Any anesthetic has its risks, but as mentioned above, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Every effort is made to make the anesthetic and the procedure of your pet rabbit as safe as possible. We recommend Desexing your rabbit at around 5-6 months old.
What is involved?
Here at Vets4Pets, we recommend that you drop your bunny off in the morning and bring along their regular food they like to eat. It is important that rabbits eat just prior to the surgery (they are not fasted).
We then examine your bunny to assess whether they are fit for anesthesia. If there are no abnormalities found, we give your bunny a premedication to help support their heart rate. We then give oxygen to your rabbit through a face mask and give some medication to anaesthetize them. We also put an intravenous catheter in their ear vein to help give them intravenous fluid support, and place a tube that helps them breathe. Once anaesthetized, we then perform the spay (remove the uterus) or castration (remove the testicles). We keep your bunny supported with oxygen until they are wide awake, and try to keep them nice and warm. They are usually well enough to go home the same evening.
If you had any questions, please feel free to contact us.