Unless you are planning to breed, you should desex your rabbit at around 5 months of age.
Why should you consider castrating your rabbit?
-- Male rabbits often become more affectionate after castration.
- You can keep two castrated males together without fighting if they have been together from a young age. Uncastrated males will fight.
- You can keep a castrated male with a female without the worry of the female becoming pregnant.
- Castration reduces spraying, and there urine does not smell as much as entire males.
What are the disadvantages?
There are not many disadvantages to having your bunny castrated. The only potential disadvantage is the fact that a general anaesthetic is required. All anaesthetics come with an element of risk, however this risk is much reduced with modern anaesthetics.
What is involved?
Your bunny will need to be dropped off at the clinic in the morning around 8am. They do not need to be starved overnight like dogs and cats. He will be weighed and have a general clinical exam to check he is healthy. He will be given an anaesthetic, and his testicles will be removed surgically. Your bunny will be ready to go home later on that day, and will need to be kept warm and clean. The stitches will need to come out 10 days after the surgery.
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