Desexing Your Pet Rabbit…here’s what you need to know!
Rabbits are extremely fertile! The gestation period for a rabbit is only one month long and a female rabbit can give birth to up to 12 young each time she births. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is one of the many reasons we recommend you have your rabbit desexed.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, both male and female rabbits that are not desexed have a higher risk of developing cancer: testicular cancer in males and uterine cancer in females. In some rabbit breeds this chance is between 50-80% by age 5.
Both male and female rabbits have a tendency towards aggression and territorial behaviour, including urine spraying as well as inter-rabbit and rabbit-human aggression. Desexing your rabbit reduces these behaviours.
A rabbit spey (ovariohysterectomy) is the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus through an incision made in the middle of the abdomen. The procedure is performed under full general anaesthetic and takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. In order to ensure a safe recovery from general anaesthetic, your rabbit will be required to spend the day in hospital.
A rabbit castration (orchiectomy) is the complete removal of the male rabbits testes. Testicles are removed through an incision over each testicle. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and requires your rabbit to spend the day in hospital until fully recovered.
Our surgical procedures take place at our clinic in our sterile surgical theatre.
Rabbits can begin reproducing as young as 4 months of age! We recommend desexing at 5-6 months of age as the average age of sexual maturity is between 6 and 9 months.
Call our clinic during business hours to book your pet in for their desexing procedure (Elective Surgeries are performed Monday – Friday).
The price of rabbit desexing includes:
- Pre-surgical consult with a vet or nurse
- The surgical procedure
- High quality anaesthesia
- IV catheter placement and fluid boluses as needed.
- A tattoo in your pets left ear to identify them as desexed, recognised nationwide
- Post-operative pain relief
Speak with our reception staff for a specific quotation that has been tailored to your pet.
We also offer microchipping at time of desexing. Microchipping provides a means of permanent identification of your pet rabbit with your contact details. Microchipping has been crucial to reuniting many an adventurous pets that stray accidently beyond or below the fence line. Rabbits naturally love to dig and are very good at finding escape routes.
Guinea Pig Neutering
Desexing both male and female and guinea pigs is important for 3 main reasons:
- To prevent unplanned pregnancies
- To reduce territorial marking and aggressive behaviour
- To prevent reproductive diseases e.g. uterine cancer, cystic ovaries and testicular cancer
Guinea pigs can be desexed at 4-6 months old and at a weight greater than 700g.
Desexing is a day procedure. At our clinic, guinea pigs receive fluid therapy during the surgery and pain relief. We use intradermal sutures (under the skin) that they can’t nibble on. Post op checks are complimentary.
Pre operative instructions:
- There is no need to fast rabbits and guinea pigs before surgery. In fact fasting can be harmful to their health.
- Please pack a lunch box of your pet’s normal food (hay, veggies, fruit, pellets etc) so that we can tempt them to eat after surgery.
- We advise keeping bonded pairs of rabbits, and groups of guinea pigs together. They give each other moral support, and this prevents a falling out between the bonded pair/group.