Getting your rabbit Spayed or Neutered

If you own a pet rabbit, you may not have looked into the possibility of getting your pet spayed or neutered. The thought of this may never have crossed your mind as it is most widely known throughout other household pets such as dogs and cats. However, perhaps it is time to delve a little deeper into the benefits and reasons for doing so with your pet rabbit. So, what exactly is spaying or neutering, for those who are not aware. Spaying refers to removal of the reproductive organs of a female animal and neutering refers to the removal of the male reproductive organs. What exactly are the benefits of this and will it be cost-effective and will be pet be able to tolerate it and is it really necessary?

Benefits

It is believed that spaying or neutering your pet can prove to have long term benefits. It removes the chance of the animal being diagnosed with any life threatening cancers of the area and overall contributes to promoting a healthier, happier life overall. It dramatically reduces many issues regarding infections and you will find they have a much more relaxed demeanour and temperament overall and there should be much less risk of your pet being aggressive around your children or toddlers, if this an issue to you. Of course, it also saves you the hassle of worrying about your rabbit becoming pregnant and having the added task of looking after your rabbit during pregnancy and with her babies.

The Procedure

Your rabbit will be ready for spaying/neutering at around three to five months old when they are mature enough, although female rabbits may need to be a little older towards six months. The surgery itself is a little more intricate for females due to the location of their organs, so the removal of the organs happens through the abdomen, where there are a mass of blood vessels and veins however this is usually very standard and unlikely to cause any serious issues. For males, the testicles are removed through the scrotum and they tend to recover a little quicker but soon enough they will be eating and hopping around again without issue. 

Price and Recovery

In regards to pricing, this can of course vary, although it is usually within the region of £80-£110. This is for the full procedure but your rabbit will need a little bit of home care following the procedure. It is often done within one morning/afternoon and there will be little for you to continue at home although keeping a calm, quiet environment will stop them from becoming panicked or anxious post surgery. Leaving your rabbit to heal will also be important, so refraining from holding them will be helpful. Ensure they are drinking fluids and keep them nibbling on little things, even if their appetite isn’t as fierce as usual. Italian Parsley, fresh greens and bananas are good choices. Overall, spaying/neutering your pet will be a very wise decision in the long run and chances of complications are incredibly rare. 

Mac and Cheese

The rabbits you see on this website belong to the administrators, Tom and Laura, who have been keen rabbit owners for many years. The two rabbits are called Mac and Cheese, Mac is the black one you see and Cheese is the light brown coloured one. If you have any questions about the care for your rabbits or what to expect when becoming rabbit owners then you can get in contact here.