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The Importance of Spaying or Neutering your rabbit
There are many reasons to ensure your rabbit is spayed (if it’s a girl) or neutered (if it’s a boy).
The importance of neutering a male rabbit.
~It should lessen (and hopefully completely eradicate) the behaviours driven by hormones, like spraying, mounting, chasing, scent marking, fighting with other males, excessive destructive behaviours, nipping, aggressive and territorial behaviours (such as guarding their own territory or marking their territory).
~It stops him having the need to mate and allows him to feel pleasure doing other things.
~It makes him easier to bond to another rabbit.
~Generally it allows him to become friendlier towards people.
~It should allow him to be more easily litter trained, due to not needing to mark territory.
~It eradicates the risk of testicular cancer.
The importance of spaying a female rabbit
~An unspayed rabbit has an 80% risk of developing a hormonal cancer (uterine, mammary or ovarian), and spaying completely removes that risk.
~It should lessen her risk of false pregnancies, although they may still occur, but with less regularity.
~It should ease any territorial aggression (such as grunting, lunging, biting, nipping and charging) or hostile behaviour.
~It should lessen (and hopefully completely eradicate) other hormonal behaviours, like spraying, marking territory, mounting and excessive destructive behaviours.
~It generally allows her to become friendlier towards people.
~It should make her easier to bond with another rabbit.
~It should make litter training easier because she won’t need to mark her territory.
Things to take into account
~There are some instances when it is not appropriate to put a rabbit through a general anaesthetic; such as if the rabbit is ill, if the rabbit is old, if the rabbit is overweight or underweight. Always consult with a rabbit savvy vet to see if your rabbit is healthy enough to be spayed or neutered.
~Boys can be neutered as soon as their testicles descend, however some vets prefer to wait for a certain age or a certain weight to neuter, so it is important to talk to your rabbit savvy vet to find out what they do.
~Girls are generally spayed later than boys, but again, some vets prefer to wait for a certain age or weight before spaying, so it is important to talk to your rabbit savvy vet to find out what they do.