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Old 02-03-2008, 05:27 AM  
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Anyone had a male bunny neutered?

We have a male and a female bunny, with no plans to breed, and the male has started spraying since we got the female. I would prefer that they live together and I think they would get along well together.......they lay side by side, separated by the wire. So we thought we'd get the male fixed.

Anyway, my oldest boy would be so sad if anything happened to his bunny. Is it safe to neuter a rabbit? I've read that they are sensitive to the anesthesia. My vet says he can do it, but does anyone have any experiences or tips to share? The bunny is about two years old, a Netherland dwarf.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:48 AM  
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We had our rabbit neutered because of the spraying. He was originally intended to be a house bunny until he started that. It smells just as bad as a male cat! We had no problems with the neutering or afterward. It didn't completely remove the smell, but it was a lot better. He still ended up outside because he got much larger than he was supposed to.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:55 AM  
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Yep, we have neutered lots of bunnies at our vet clinic, and I have had mine done. It helps them have longer lives, and reduces agression. It is a great idea to do!
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:08 AM  
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I worked for a vet for years and we neuter rabbits all the time. They are slightly more complicated because of drug reactions and the way they are built. So it may cost more than a normal cat neuter but still VERY common.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:50 AM  
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You may want to spay the female. Uterine cancers are very common in females and they can because aggressive as they age.
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Old 02-03-2008, 06:54 AM  
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I also work at an animal hospital. We do spay and neuter all kinds of exotics. The bunnies do well, just have to be careful with anesthesia. If your vet has done many of them, and is comfortable with it, they by all means, I'd get it done.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:23 PM  
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We had my daughter's male rabbit neutered because he started spraying everywhere. She was only 5 or so at the time and thought it was funny when he started humping her head as she was laying on the floor watching tv She obviously didn't know what he was doing! Anyway, our little guy made it thru the surgery okay, but must have gotten an infection or something and died a few days later. We were all heartbroken to say the least. He was one of a kind.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:47 PM  
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At the shelter I worked at, we neutered and spayed the bunnies.
Makes them nicer bunnies.

We never lost one, just make sure your vet is used to exotics.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:13 AM  
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We have a male and a female bunny, with no plans to breed, and the male has started spraying since we got the female. I would prefer that they live together and I think they would get along well together.......they lay side by side, separated by the wire. So we thought we'd get the male fixed.

Anyway, my oldest boy would be so sad if anything happened to his bunny. Is it safe to neuter a rabbit? I've read that they are sensitive to the anesthesia. My vet says he can do it, but does anyone have any experiences or tips to share? The bunny is about two years old, a Netherland dwarf.
You do know that a female does not have a heat cycle but ovulates when she has been mounted and will have a false pregnancy and make a nest (pull hair) even with the absence of an intact male. Just thought I'd bring that up since you said you want to put them together.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:24 PM  
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I didn't realize the females had false pregnancies. Well, I guess we'll just wait and hope ours doesn't. Maybe ours isn't very maternal! She's very small, and I think my vet prefers to just fix the males, but if we need to, we can find one who would fix her.

Thanks everyone for your input; I feel better about it. Our rabbit is scheduled for Friday. In light of the one that died, I think I'll clean his cage really good while he's there just in case that helps. (SheriK, I'm sorry about the loss of your rabbit, but am still laughing at the thought of its, uh......behavior.........and how one might explain that to a child!)
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:21 PM  
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It is very safe to neuter and spay rabbits, AS LONG as you find a rabbit savvy vet.

www.binkybunny.com (the forum part) has been a huge resource to me and they can easily help you find a bunny savvy vet in the US!
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