Vets in Denny explain why rabbit neutering is wise
June 21, 2023
As a rabbit owner one of the most important decisions you can make for your pet’s health and wellbeing is to have them neutered. Neutering is the process of removing the reproductive organs of your rabbit. Our team of vets at Apex Vets will discuss in this article how neutering your rabbit can prevent unwanted litters and protect them from reproductive disease. To book your rabbit in for a neutering appointment, use the button below:
Why Neuter Your Rabbit
Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 2023 is focusing on ‘Prevent and Protect’ – the below points cover this and more reasons to neuter your rabbit.
1. Prevent unwanted litters
Our vet Calum says that one of the primary benefits of neutering your rabbit is preventing unwanted litters. Rabbits have a high reproductive rate, and an unneutered female rabbit can produce multiple litters (between 1-7) litters each year, leading to an overpopulation of rabbits. Additionally, finding homes for unwanted litters can be challenging, and many rabbits end up in shelters or abandoned. Neutering your rabbit ensures that they cannot reproduce, reducing the number of unwanted litters.
2. Reduce aggressive behaviour
Unneutered rabbits can display aggressive behaviour, particularly during breeding season. Male rabbits may become territorial and aggressive towards other rabbits, while female rabbits can display aggressive behaviour towards humans. Neutering your rabbit can help reduce these aggressive behaviours, making them easier to handle.
3. Protect from reproductive disease
Unneutered rabbits are at higher risk of developing reproductive disease, such as uterine cancer in females and testicular cancer in males. These diseases can be fatal, and the treatment can be costly. Neutering your rabbit removes the reproductive organs and significantly reduces the risk of reproductive disease.
4. Improve behaviour and bonding
Improving your rabbit’s behaviour and bonding them with companions is much easier once they are neutered. Additionally, neutering can improve litter box habits and reduce the urge to mark territory.
In conclusion, neutering your rabbit is an essential step in maintaining their health and wellbeing. If you haven’t already, consider contacting your vet at Apex Vets about neutering your rabbit and share this article to help other rabbit owners.