Rabbits are social animals and are ideally kept in pairs or small groups. If male and female rabbits are to be kept together they should be neutered to prevent unwanted baby rabbits. Same sex pairs are prone to aggression and fighting unless neutered.
Female rabbits usually make better pets if neutered. Entire female rabbits are often grumpy, can be difficult to handle, and sometimes can even be aggressive to their owners. Neutering female rabbits prevents health problems in later life including womb infections (pyometra) and uterine tumours.
Male rabbits also make better pets once neutered. They are usually calmer, less aggressive, and less likely to spray urine.
Rabbits become sexually mature around 4 months of age. We generally advise that rabbits are spayed when they are 6 months old because the surgery is riskier in younger rabbits.
The spaying operation involves a general anaesthetic and the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus through an incision made in the midline of the abdomen. Rabbits, unlike dogs and cats, should not be starved before the operation. Your rabbit should be brought to the vets with some food in her carrier.
Your rabbit will be able to return home the same day. She will have dissolvable sutures under her skin that will need checking after 7 –
Rabbits may be castrated soon after their testicles have descended –
Your rabbit will be able to return home the same day. He will have dissolvable sutures under his skin that will need checking after 7 –
Our vets and nurses provide a 24 hour emergency service from our Bicester Veterinary Hospital.