WHY SHOULD I NEUTER MY RABBIT?
Rabbits are extremely social animals, and ideally they like to live with another rabbit companion. Rabbits are the 3rd most commonly euthanized animal in shelters, so we want to prevent them from having more litters. In addition to preventing litters, altering males and females has many benefits:
1) it allows them to live safely together
2) it eliminates the risk of certain cancers
3) they’re less likely to urine spray due to territorial marking
4) once altered, they’re easier to litter box train
5) they’re less likely to destructively chew and dig
6) they’re less likely to bite people
7) they’re less likely to fight with other animals.
Even if your rabbit lives alone, spaying or neutering is still important for their health and also makes them a calmer, more loving pet. Pet rabbits can be altered as young as 3 to 4 months of age; older animals may need special vet attention to ensure the safety of the procedure.
How do I get my rabbit spayed or neutered?
1) It is very important that the veterinarian performing the spay/neuter has a lot of experience performing on rabbits. If your vet doesn’t offer this service, visit the SpayCalifornia website run by Actors and Others for Animals. You’ll find a list of referrals by county, many of which offer low-cost prices.
2) Visit the House Rabbit Society website for a list of questions to ask to determine your vet’s level of experience neutering rabbits, and post-op care.
3) Call the clinic for a current rate. Be sure to note “SpayCalifornia” referred you to receive the lowest price. Costs typically range from $50 - $100. Ask if there are any additional fees for vaccinations or pain medication.
4) If you are a resident of Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties you can contact Actors and Others for Animals to request additional financial assistance towards the cost of surgery.
5) On the day of the procedure, DO NOT withhold food from your rabbit. Rabbits can’t vomit (like dogs and cats can) so there is no risk of that during surgery. Rabbits should never have empty digestive tracts.