Health and Behavior Benefits of Having Your Bunny Fixed
Fixed rabbits live
longer, healthier lives than their unaltered counterparts. Unspayed
female rabbits (does) have an 85% risk of getting a reproductive
cancer, especially if they are five years old or older. This risk
is virtually eliminated by having your female spayed. Neutering
a male rabbit (buck) will not only prolong his life, it will help
eliminate hormone related fighting and aggression.
Fixed rabbits are easier
to litter box train, less likely to display hormone-related sexual/aggressive
behavior and generally make more reliable and pleasant house companions.
PLEASE DON'T BREED YOUR
RABBITS. We know it is tempting because baby rabbits are so cute,
but did you know that rabbits are the fastest growing domestic pet
in America, which means that they are also the fastest growing animal
showing up at shelters...? Please don't add to this ever-growing
problem. If you want another bunny---or a first bunny -- contact
us at Zooh Corner. If we don't have a rabbit that steals your
heart, we know other rescues who will.
WHEN TO SPAY/NEUTER:
Female rabbits reach sexual maturity at about 6 months of age and
should be spayed at this point; male rabbits reach sexual maturity
between 3 1/2 and 4 months (as soon as the testicles descend) and
should be neutered at this point. Opposite-gender rabbits will have
to be housed separately until both are fixed.
SURGERY: Be sure you
have an experienced rabbit vet. If you need a referral contact Zooh
Corner via e-mail, or at (909)868-BUNI.
PRIOR TO SURGERY:
- Rabbits should be in good health.
- If your rabbit is over 2 years
of age, or if you are unsure, have her examined by your vet. We
recommend blood work on rabbits over 2 years old to check kidney
and liver function.
- DO NOT remove food and water from
your rabbit the evening before surgery. Dietary changes can upset
your bunny's stomach, making postoperative recovery harder on
- Make sure bunny's cage is extra
- Check incision daily for swelling
or discharge, and to be sure she is not chewing or pulling at
- Encourage bunny to eat. Offer
her favorite foods, fresh hay, etc. If she has not eaten within
12 hours after surgery, if she appears to be overly uncomfortable,
in a lot of pain (gnashing or grinding teeth, etc.), or if there
is any discharge, bleeding or swelling around the incision, call
your vet immediately.
- We usually wait about 24 hours
before allowing a bunny limited out-of-cage playtime. We
don't want her jumping or getting too exuberant, but limited exercise
for about 3-4 days is good both physically and psychologically.