“Breed like rabbits”, you probably know this expression! But he was not chosen by chance. If you have a couple of whole rabbits, you run the risk of being quickly taken over by young rabbits. To avoid this trap, neuter the rabbit is the most efficient solution.
But if neutering a rabbit allows you to limit the birth rate, it has a different effect. This reduces the risk of some serious diseases in your rodent.
Discover the benefits neutered rabbitwhen to start surgery and what are the consequences.
Why spay a rabbit?
Neutering is necessary for the female in the presence of the male to avoid breeding, but not only in this case.
This also allowsavoid certain diseases of the reproductive systemincluding several types of cancer:
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These pathologies affect 80% of unneutered females over 5 years of age, including those who benefit from proper nutrition in a healthy environment.
When to choose to spay a rabbit?
The puberty of a rabbit can appear from 3 months. It depends on the breed (small rabbits are often more precocious than large ones).
Did you know ? Sexual intercourse between rabbits lasts only a few seconds. They can copulate more than 20 times in 30 minutes. An unsterilized female can theoretically, in a pinch, produce up to 22 puppies per year.
Therefore, it is recommended to sterilize a little after puberty, from 6 months to a year.
There are 2 types of work: eitheroophorectomythen only the ovaries are removed, i.e.ovariohysterectomyduring which we delete ovaries as well as uterus. The second is most practiced prophylactically. This avoids 100% uterine cancer, as this organ is removed.
The earlier the surgery, the lower the risk of cancer. Also note that your lagomorph recovers much faster and easier from the procedure when he is young.
However, before 6 months, surgery is not recommended because the uterus is too thin, the ovaries are very small, and therefore the operation is more difficult.
Is it dangerous to spay a rabbit? What are the consequences?
The main risks are associated with anesthetic intolerance, infection, transit that does not resume quickly enough and requires force-feeding, but all these complications are rare on healthy young females.
Most sterilizations go perfectly. Pick one veterinarian specializing in NAC be confident during the operation.
The consequences are very favorable: the female is more calm, because her hormones work less. His aggressiveness is all the more reduced. However, he retains his character. She no longer feels the need to mark her territory with urination and no longer risks another nervous pregnancy.
Finally, you will no longer need to separate leporids from others, especially from males. But the rabbit is a sociable animal that needs mates be happy.
How much does it cost to spay rabbits?
Each veterinarian has the right to set their own prices. There is nothing stopping you from contacting your vet clinic to request a quote.
In general, consider from 100 to 150 euros for ovariohysterectomy in rabbits. In a male, the price is slightly lower, since the organs are outside the animal, it is not necessary to open them. Thus castration benefits from easier access. Then calculate an average of about 80 euros.
What precautions should be taken for a recently spayed rabbit?
in operation support usually fairly mild, with few medications except sometimes painkillers, antibiotics, or anti-inflammatories. Checking the temperature can be helpful.
Your rodent may have some bleeding for up to two days after surgery. Don’t worry if it doesn’t last.
However, keep an eye on resumption of transit. Consider force feeding your animal if transit does not start again.
Subsequent spaying can make your rodent fat, but this is not systematic. Your NAC veterinarian will be able to advise you on his new diet.
Therefore, sterilization is preventive act : In addition to birth control, this helps keep your female healthy, both physically and psychologically. The operation involves little risk, but promotes good cohabitation of your lagomorph with his relatives, as with people in the house.