Spaying and Neutering Rabbits
Currently we do not have
a low cost spay or neuter program at the Burrow or through The Bunny
to do before your rabbit goes to be spayed or neutered
care for your rabbit after spay or neuter
Cost Spay and Neuter Veterinarians
below offer low cost spay/neuter. When calling for pricing make
sure you ask them to include the price of take home pain
when using low cost spay/neuter not all the same services are
performed. Check with each medical office for details.
|Brookhaven Pet Hospital
10092 Chapman Dr, Suite 5
Garden Grove, CA 92840
|Animal Medical Center
16548 Harbor Blvd.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
note: If you rabbit is sick or older take your rabbit to a regular
rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian. Click
here for our approved list.
Reasons why you should have your rabbit spayed or neutered
Male and female
rabbits that are not spayed or neutered can start spraying urine
to mark their territory when they start becoming hormonal at
about four months old.
rabbits can get uterine cancer at an early age.
Spayed or neutered
rabbits that live in the house on the proper diet have a life
span of 10-13 years.
Unspayed/unneutered rabbits that live outside have an
average life span of around 3 years.
Many behavioral problems are a result of a rabbit not being
spayed or neutered, such as lunging, boxing, grunting, biting,
not using the litterbox, not wanting to be held, and trying to
escape from their living quarters.
Spayed or neutered rabbits are much more likely to use their
There are many rabbit knowledgeable vets that perform spay and
neuter on rabbits.
Check out our vet referral list.
Rabbits should always live with at least one other rabbit.
Rabbits that are spayed or neutered are much easier to bond, plus
there will be no unwanted litters.
Your relationship with your rabbit will be a happy, healthy one.
Every day rabbits are killed at shelters due to the huge
overpopulation. By spaying or neutering you rabbit you are helping
to put an end to this.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAYING AND NEUTERING
By Jenna Schissler
What is the key to helping your rabbit live
longer, stay healthy and have a happy life (besides living
inside your home)? The key is to spay and neuter!
I canít emphasize enough how important it is to spay and
neuter your rabbit(s) and there are so many reasons why you
should. If you love your bunny then spaying or neutering
him/her is the best thing you could do for your furry little
friend. Also, if you want your bunny around for as long as
possible, then all the more reason to spay and neuter your
WHAT IS A SPAY AND NEUTER
A spay (ovariohysterectomy) and neuter (orchidectomy) also
known as castration, is removal of the reproductive organs of
a female and male rabbit. In a male rabbit, once these
organs have been removed semen still remains in accessory
tissues left in the male rabbit for approximately 6 to 8 weeks
after surgery. Recently neutered males should not be bonded
with unspayed females until such time has elapsed. Having
said that, it is best to have both rabbits that you plan to
bond spayed and neutered prior to bonding as raging hormones
can make a rabbit much more aggressive and bonding extremely
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SPAY AND NEUTER
Prevention of Pregnancy: Animal shelters are inundated with
rabbits that desperately need homes. Adding to the over
population of rabbits by not spaying or neutering your
rabbit is not only irresponsible, it is the reason why so
many shelter rabbits are euthanized every day.
NOTE: Rabbit spays and neuters should only be done by a
rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian that is skilled in rabbit
medicine and surgery and has many years of experience. Do
Not have just any veterinarian spay or neuter your rabbit.
Prevention of False Pregnancies: Although false pregnancies
are not usually medically harmful to rabbits, they can be
extremely stressful on your rabbit and stress can lead to
serious medical problems. False pregnant females will
normally go through the same activities as if pregnant,
i.e., milk production, nest building and aggression towards
you and other rabbits and/or pets. Often times a false
pregnancy will cause a decrease in appetite which can lead
to a very serious problem known as Gastrointestinal Stasis.
If your bunny should go into GI stasis, she will have to be
seen by a rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian as soon as
possible. NEVER let this go untreated.
Prevention of Uterine Cancer; Uterine Disease, Mammary Gland
Disease and Testicular Cancer: Uterine Adenocarcinoma is a
malignant uterine cancer that strikes approximately 80% of
all unspayed females. This type of cancer can also spread to
other parts of the body, so consult with your veterinarian
on the best age to spay your bunny. Uterine cancer is seen
more often in rabbits around 2 years of age and older, so
itís best to have your rabbit spayed as early as possible.
Also, young rabbits bounce back after surgery much quicker
then older rabbits, which is critically important. Pain
medication is very important and is an absolute must after
all spays because a spay (ovariohysterectomy) is the
equivalent to a human hysterectomy.
The longer you put off spaying your rabbit, the more prone
your rabbit is to developing uterine cancer which in many
cases is untreatable. Rabbits can be spayed/neutered as
early as 4 - 6 months but your veterinarian will decide what
age is best.
Although cancer is the most common form of disease in
unspayed females, there are many forms of uterine disease as
well: Pyometra (infected uterus full of pus); uterine
aneurysm (uterus full of blood); and endometritis (inflamed
Mammary gland disease is not all that common but it can
happen especially in unspayed females and it is very
difficult to treat once it occurs. The most common type of
mammary cancer is a malignant form called mammary carcinoma
and is almost always associated with uterine cancer.
Testicular cancer in unaltered males, although not nearly as
common as uterine cancer in unspayed females, can and does
happen. In fact, weíre starting to hear of more and more
cases of testicular cancer in unaltered males.
Prevention of Aggressive Behavior:
Ah yes, this is all the
more reason to spay and neuter. Unaltered rabbits, once they
reach maturity, can literally become Count BUNicula or
BUNzilla. Aggression in unaltered rabbits is very real and
once your rabbit has reached sexual maturity you may start
noticing some definite behavioral changes that are
less-than-desirable. Some of the changes you may notice are:
Your rabbit starts to nip or bite you
No longer wants to be handled or touched
May become very territorial
Acts like he/she wants to destroy everything around him
Starts fighting with his/her furry companion(s)
Aggressive charging, lunging and growling at you and other
Loss of good litter box habits
Before my Minky was spayed, she would charge me with teeth
and claws as I would try to enter her domain. I swore that I
had a true BUNzilla before I realized it was just her raging
hormones. After Minky was spayed and her hormones calmed
down, she became a real honey bunny.
If your rabbit is exhibiting any of these
personality/behavioral changes, this means it may be time to
spay or neuter. Consult with your veterinarian.
Prevention of Urine Spraying:
Once a rabbit reaches sexual
maturity (4-6 months), they may start spraying their urine
all over the place to mark their territory. Males tend to
spray more often then females, but females will also spray.
Rabbit urine is very acidic and will stain, also the urine
odor of unaltered rabbits is much stronger then that of
altered rabbits and can be unpleasant. If this spraying
behavior is allowed to go on for any length of time, it may
be very difficult to break your rabbit from this habit. So
nip this behavior in the bud and spay and neuter your rabbit(s) before it becomes a really big problem.
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