Neutering your rabbits: what you need to know

Rabbits thrive in the company of others.

If you love rabbits, remember it’s best they live as a pair to keep them happy and healthy. The best mix is a male and female, but make sure they’re neutered or you’ll most likely end up with more than you expected! Male rabbits can be neutered from 3-4 months of age or as soon as their testicles have appeared. Females can be neutered from 5-6 months. As with all procedures, neutering has risks, which you should discuss with your small pet-savvy vet.

Benefits of neutering rabbits

There are many benefits to neutering your pet rabbits. These include:

  • Helping prevent uterine cancer in females, which they are very prone to from the age of four years.
  • Reducing the early signs of fighting.
  • Stopping male rabbits spraying over their enclosure, their companion, and you.
  • Stopping females from experiencing phantom pregnancies,  which can be stressful for them.
  • A much higher success rate when bonding, if you’re planning on introducing more than one pair of rabbits.
  • Preventing unexpected/unwanted babies.

Before and after neutering care

Going into a vet practice can be very stressful for pet rabbits. To help reduce this, you can take some of their bedding with them that has their scent, which can then be placed in the hospital cage.

Rabbits must have plenty of hay and fresh food available pre and post op. Some small species need to be starved for a certain amount of time, whereas rabbits must continue to eat to maintain their gut movement.

Once your rabbits return to their enclosure, it can be a good idea to offer a soft, warm area for them to rest. Using some towels and even a snuggle-safe heat pad placed within their enclosure can be ideal.

For the next 48 hours it is very important to monitor their toileting output and food intake, and you should also monitor their neuter site for any signs of infection, etc.

Looking for more advice?

If you are concerned about your rabbits’ health, or have any other questions about your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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