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Is Your Rabbit Spayed or Neutered?

Should I get my rabbit spayed or neutered? Often the answer to this question is yes!

Benefits of Spaying

  • Eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy.
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian/uterine cancers.
  • Eliminates the risk of pyometra (infection of the uterus).
  • Reduces aggressive behaviours.
  • Reduced urine marking.

Benefits of Neutering

  • Eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy.
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
  • Reduces aggressive behaviours.
  • Reduced urine marking.

How do I prepare my rabbit for surgery?

  • Discuss any concerns you may have with your veterinary team.
  • Do NOT withhold food the night before like you would with a cat or dog.

What happens at the clinic?

  • The rabbit is examined and weighed by the veterinary team.
  • A sedative is given, and the rabbit is placed in a quiet place to become sleepy.
  • Gas anesthesia is given, and the rabbit is prepped for surgery (shaving, scrubbing).
  • Once the rabbit is brought into the surgical suite, surgery can begin.
  • The females receive an abdominal incision to access the uterus and ovaries.
  • The males receive a pre-scrotal (just above the scrotum) incision to access the testicles.
  • The patient is monitored by a veterinary technician the entire time it is under anesthesia. It includes monitoring of heart rate and breathing rate.
  • After surgery, the patient is placed in a quiet place to be monitored and wake up from anesthesia.
  • Once awake, food is placed with the rabbit, and the team continues to monitor to ensure that the rabbit is eating.

What is required at home?

  • Keep your rabbit quiet and calm for as long as your veterinarian recommends.
  • Administer any medication (such as pain medication) as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Monitor your rabbit for any signs of pain or distress (loss of appetite, lethargic, hunched).
  • Check the incision site daily.
  • Keep males separate from intact females four weeks after neutering as sperm can still be present during this time.

Contact your veterinary team with any questions or concerns.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Mann, DVM

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