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Rabbit Spays and Neuters: Why, When, and Other Facts

Spaying or neutering your pet rabbit is just as important as it is for any other pet – and there are a handful of facts you should know prior to the procedure. Thankfully, Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital is equipped with a team of professionals that are experienced in spaying and neutering rabbits.

There are numerous benefits to rabbit spays and neuters, and it is actually a more popular practice than you may realize. Rabbits that are left unspayed can produce more rabbits than you can count. Additionally, there are health benefits to getting your rabbit fixed, enabling them to live longer and healthier lives.

We at Kennedy Heights understand that sending your pet into surgery can be scary and overwhelming, which is why we invite you to come in and tour our facilities and speak with one of our veterinarians before scheduling the procedure.  This could be done at the time of your pet’s comprehensive pre-surgical exam or at a separate visit – just let us know when you would like to take a look!  We are here to make you feel as a comfortable and confident as possible, and therefore welcome any questions or concerns you may have.

When Should You Spay or Neuter Your Rabbit?

Spaying a female rabbit will remove the reproductive organs, whereas neutering is performed on male rabbits to remove the testes. It is best to spay or neuter your rabbit once they reach sexual maturity. This will vary depending on the rabbit’s sex, so it is therefore important for you to familiarize yourself with the rabbit’s development patterns.

  • Male rabbits should be neutered between 3 and 5 months old
  • Female rabbits first reach sexual maturity between 4 and 6 months and should be spayed at this time

Why is Spaying or Neutering Important?

There are multiple reasons why it is beneficial to be proactive and get your rabbit fixed as soon as possible, from health to behavioral issues. Below you will find an overview of several of the most important reasons for fixing your rabbit. Again, do not hesitate to contact us at Kennedy Heights if you have any questions.

  • Health – Fixed rabbits live longer, healthier lives. The risk of reproductive cancers in female rabbits are eliminated with spaying. Male rabbits will also live longer because they are less likely to start fights due to sexual aggression.
  • Better companions – Fixed rabbits are calmer, more loving, and dependable since the urge to mate has been removed. They are also less destructive and aggressive.
  • Easier to train – Altered rabbits will not have obnoxious behavioral patterns associated with intact bunnies. They are easier to litter train as well.

Choosing to have you rabbit spayed or neutered with a veterinarian who is experienced with the procedure like our vets here at Kennedy Heights is the best way to ensure a safe and professional surgery for your pet.

Not only will fixing your rabbit enable them to live a longer, happier life with a lowered risk of developing deadly cancers, but they will be better companions for you and your family. Contact Kennedy Heights today to speak with an experienced veterinary team – we’ll be happy to schedule your rabbit’s checkup, and spay or neuter.

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