Neutering female rabbits is known as ’spaying’ and involves removing the uterus and ovaries.
Why have my rabbit spayed?
- Prevents the rabbit from breeding and producing unwanted young.
- Helps to prevent aggression between female rabbits allowing female rabbits to live together.
- Helps to prevent some antisocial behaviours such as aggression and destructive behaviour.
- (Reduces the risk of cancer of the uterus.
- Prevents infection of the uterus including ‘pyometra’ in which the uterus becomes filled with pus.
Neutering male rabbits is known as ‘castration’ and involves removing the testicles leaving the scrotum intact.
Why have my rabbit castrated?
- Prevents the rabbit breeding and producing unwanted offspring.
- Helps to eliminate unwanted antisocial behaviour such as urine spraying and aggression.
- Prevents testicular cancer.
Disadvantages of Neutering
- As with all surgical procedures there is a small risk from the anaesthetic and the surgery.
- There is a small risk of gut stasis after the anaesthetic.
After the surgery
- Keep your rabbit warm and comfortable with lots of bedding.
- Monitor your rabbit closely to ensure she is eating and passing faeces normally. If she is stops eating or passing motions you need to contact your vet immediately.