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Reasons To Spay Or Neuter Your Rabbit

Updated on April 27, 2015

What You May Not Know May Surprise You!

One of the most important things you can do for your pet rabbit is getting them spayed or neutered. Many rabbit owners are unaware of the health and behavior benefits that this procedure brings along with it. As an owner of two pet bunnies myself, I know just how important this procedure is, and I created this page to spread the word. If you are currently thinking about adopting a bunny of your own, this is a must read! I encourage you to pass this information on to your family and friends who may not know this helpful information.

So what exactly are the benefits of spaying and/or neutering your pet rabbit? Here's a list I compiled of the many positives for you and your furry friend!

  1. Rabbits who are altered will not contribute to the problem of rabbit overpopulation.
  2. A female rabbit's chance of developing reproductive cancer is drastically decreased. Without being spayed, your female rabbit stands an 80% chance of developing this type of cancer.
  3. Both female and male rabbits live longer if they are spayed and/or neutered.
  4. Having your male rabbit spayed will eliminate spraying.
  5. An altered rabbit makes a not only a calmer, but a less destructive and aggressive rabbit.
  6. Litter training your house rabbit is much more effective and reliable once your rabbit is altered.
  7. Altered rabbits can safely have a friend/roommate since altering results in less aggressive behavior. Without altering, trying to house more than one rabbit together usually results in aggressive fighting that most likely will not go away unless altered due to their natural hormone levels.

Did you know?

Approximately 80% of unspayed rabbits get uterine cancer at an early age.

Photo Credit: Klaus Post

When is it safe to alter my pet rabbit?

Your female rabbit can be safely spayed at six months of age, which is the age most veterinarians prefer to wait until.

Your male rabbit is safely able to be neutered around five months of age, which is the age most veterinarians prefer to wait until.

Is there a cut off age for your pet rabbit to be altered safely?

Most veterinarians will shy away from spaying and/or neutering rabbit once they reach about six years of age. The risk of putting your rabbit under anesthesia and performing surgery on your rabbit in general is much higher with age.

How much does does it cost to have a rabbit spayed/neutered?

The cost will vary with each veterinarian so call to check. I have seen the prices range from $50 up to $150 depending on the vet. Please make sure to do your homework and question how much experience your veterinarian has had with these surgeries.

Is there any way to get help with the cost of spaying/neutering my rabbit?

One website that lists many different programs by state is Nooters.com. Another good way to find out local information is by doing a good old internet search for low cost rabbit services in your area!

*If you are currently thinking of adding a pet rabbit to your family, I strongly suggest adopting one from your local animal shelter or rabbit rescue. You will get an already altered rabbit without the costs you would pay with altering your "free" bunny!

Did you know?

Rabbits are the 3rd most common animal in shelters at any given time

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      My students' Lit Club just read Watership Down. We did all this bunny research. Who knew those cute little bunnies could make so many babies! I guess in Australia they've overtaken some areas. wow. (Nice lens.)

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      jendowneydesigns 4 years ago

      I had a rabbit growing up and I can honestly say that the thought of neutering/spaying never even crossed my mind! He (thought it was a 'she' for about 9 years LOL) was a wild rabbit I got from my friend in 4th grade. Lived 10 years and 1 month (almost to the date), died of natural causes in his sleep, and was litter trained for the house. Only time we put him in his cage was when it was time for bed, otherwise he ran freely around the house and was the BEST pet ever!! Guess I'm just thankful I lucked out with a healthy little monster for all of those years without a single visit to the vet or to get him fixed!