Sexual maturity in rabbits begins around 4-8 months of age depending on the breed (in general, early in smaller breeds, later in bigger breeds).
Why spay/neuter your rabbit?
- It prevents diseases of the reproductive tract, cancers of the uterus are very common in entire female rabbits but unknown in spayed rabbits
- It prevents aggression (in males and females) so they can enjoy the company of other rabbits
- It prevents unexpected/unwanted pregnancies
- It prevents territorial marking with urine and faeces, and once the urge to mate is remove they become calmer more loving and easier to train
Rabbits can be spayed/neutered from 4 months of age depending on maturity. Large breeds should be at least 5 months of age. We will advise you if your rabbit is too young and book a later date
The procedure consists of the removal of the testicles in males and the ovaries and uterus in females under general anaesthesia. Every rabbit has a comprehensive plan to control pain and leave the rabbits as comfortable as possible after the surgery. The surgical wounds are closed/sutured with an absorbable material with a minimal tissue inflammatory index to reduce post-surgical swelling. As soon as possible after the surgery we encourage them to eat by offering a selection of tasty food. If they are slow to eat they are gently syringe fed a special recovery food to stimulate the motility of their gut.
Normally they go back home the same evening.
The House Rabbit Society have a very good article on spaying and neutering rabbits http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/spay-neuter.html