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Information on the importance of desexing your rabbit

19 Mar, 2024
Small Animals

Desexing (neutering) your rabbits is essential for both males and females for many different reasons:

It reduces aggressive behaviour
It removes the risk of unwanted babies
It makes toilet training a lot easier
Two un-desexed bunnies can rarely live in harmony and can be fatal. Growling, scratching, and biting are common traits in bunnies who haven't been desexed.

Desexing a female rabbit removes the chance of them developing life-threatening diseases like uterine diseases (cancer, endometriosis, etc) - this affects 80% of un-desexed female rabbits over 2 years of age. Desexing male rabbits removes the risk of testicular cancer.

Before booking any surgical procedure you should bring your pet for a consultation. This is to ensure your pet is in perfect health for surgery and to also provide an opportunity to discuss the procedure and any concerns you may have for your pet.

Why should you see a rabbit expert for this procedure?

Rabbit surgeries are more complex than other domestic pets and are therefore riskier. This is why you should make sure your vet is experienced and comfortable with rabbit surgery before you go ahead.

Why is there typically a variance in the spey procedure cost?

This is related to age, internally a young bunny between the age of 5-9 months is quite different to a mature bunny who is aged anywhere from 10 months and older (pending the breed). The procedure becomes more complex in a mature bunny which is why we encourage desexing under 12 months of age. This does not mean you should not desex your bunny who is older then 12 months. A vet will discuss this in more detail with you.

Desexing at The Rabbit Doctors

Desexing your rabbit may seem daunting. The Rabbit Doctors, do everything possible to make the surgical anesthetic and recovery is as smooth as possible. Learn more about our desexing process here.

The Rabbit Doctors will be at The Pet Show in Melbourne, this April 2024.

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