Neutering

What is neutering?

Neutering is surgery to remove the testicles in a male (castration) or ovaries and uterus in a female (spay).

This means neutered pets cannot reproduce and no longer produce sex hormones from their ovaries or testicles.

Why do we neuter?

Because we want to stop unwanted pregnancy and overpopulation

  • A single female could produce an average of 72 baby rabbits per year, and thousands of rabbits are up for rehoming every year.

Because neutered pets are better pets

  • No unwanted pregnancy.
  • None of the associated health risks, costs, and workload associated with litters.
  • Reduced sexually aggressive behaviour, and reduced aggression to neutered pet from other pets.
  • Reduced frustration, roaming, and attempts to escape.
  • Less mounting behaviour.
  • Less or no urine spraying and scent marking.

Because neutered pets are healthier pets

  • Reduced chance of fight injuries (ie bites), and injuries from escape attempts.

Females

  • Prevents uterine cancer found in around 80% of rabbits over five years.

Males

  • Prevents testicular disease.

When can my pet be neutered?

  • Male rabbits can be neutered from three months old. Females are usually neutered at four months old.

What happens when my pet is neutered?

Your pet will be checked over in the admit appointment and we will ask you some questions to make sure there are no reasons not to neuter your pet on that day. We will go through the consent form with you. Your pet will then be bought into hospital and made comfortable in a kennel.

Your rabbit will have a small area on the ear margin clipped and local anaesthetic applied, so a catheter can be placed. This allows us to give them fluids and medications via the catheter. The anaesthetic is given and the surgery performed. Afterwards we will keep monitoring your pet until they can eat and drink to be sure they are ready to go home, usually mid afternoon.

What do I need to do after my pet is neutered?

Your pet will need to be kept warm and monitored the night after the operation. For rabbits it is particularly important to ensure that they are eating and passing faeces after the operation. It is also essential you make sure your pet rests, so restrict the area they are in to reduce running and jumping.

They will have painkillers to take for several days after the operation. We will ask to check your pet over after the surgery. Generally the effects of the anaesthetic are no longer seen after one to two days, and after 10 days the surgical incision is sufficiently healed for them to get back to their usual activities.

How would joining Healthy Pet Club help with neutering?

Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the neutering.