View Full Version : Spaying

03-26-06, 02:40 pm
Hi I have a male and female rabbit.Both live in seperate cages as my parents and I dont want any babies.I figured thats how things would be.But now I have been reading alot that unspayed female rabbits are at a high risk for cancer! So I really want to get 'Jacey' spayed.Only problem all the vets around here dont do small animals.I found one a while back when I wanted to get my male guinea pig neutered but we ended up loosing him anyway.
I am in the Riverside area so if anyone can point me to a good vet please let me know.Also it cant be too expensive.

03-26-06, 02:44 pm
I am not knowledgable on rabbits but I am pretty sure I read somewhere that you should get the boy nuetered also. I believe it makes them less tempermental. But like I said I don't know for sure so hopefully someone who knows can help you out.

03-26-06, 02:49 pm
Yeah but they dont have health risk if they are not neutered,unlike the females.

04-01-06, 02:48 pm
Bucks can still get testical cancer Macayle, so it is worth castrating your buck as well.

04-01-06, 04:28 pm
Yeah but the odds of them getting it isnt as high right? I plan on getting my female spayed first then get him done when I have extra money.

04-01-06, 08:31 pm
www.rabbit.org (http://www.rabbit.org) has a list of rabbit savvy veterinarians. You could also search for a rabbit rescue or shelter near you for reccomendations.

04-05-06, 07:47 am

Thought I'd give my 2 cents. I have a male & female as well. It's worth doing both of them, not necessarily at the same time if you can't afford it. I would do the male first since they get a bit crazed and tempermental with a female nearby. I don't know how old your male is but they are fine until they hit their "teens", then they go bananas for a female. Doesn't matter whether she is spayed or not. I was bitten several times by a male who wasn't neutered, and he was housed in a separate cage from the female but in the same room. I had to house him in another room completely. After he was neutered he became the same loving bun I knew and they (the male & female) are both bonded and living together in harmony.

Both buns are at risk for cancer if not neutered/spayed. The question shouldn't be which bun to do, but which one to do FIRST. I would do the male because of his hormones, then save up and do the female. They both be so much happier. Buns love being with other buns, they love to snuggle and nestle with one another... think of how happy your buns would be housed together for company.

As far as finding a place to do it cheap... I would contact your local animal shelter. They ususally have good contacts and lists of vets.

04-11-06, 06:20 pm
I got both of my rabbits fixed (male and female) at my local SPCA for under $50. In my area, most vets would charge about $100 to spay/neuter ONE rabbit. Also, if you don't have a lot of money at the moment, you might want to have your male fixed first. It's generally cheaper to neuter a male than it is to spay a female.

In regards to neutering your male, I copy and pasted this strait from the House Rabbit Society's website (http://www.cavycages.com/forum/www.rabbit.org):

Why spay and neuter rabbits?

Altered rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits. The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for an unspayed female rabbit is virtually eliminated by spaying your female rabbit. Your neutered male rabbit will live longer as well, given that he won't be tempted to fight with other animals (rabbits, cats, etc.) due to his sexual aggression.
Altered rabbits make better companions. They are calmer, more loving, and dependable once the undeniable urge to mate has been removed. In addition, rabbits are less prone to destructive (chewing, digging) and aggressive (biting, lunging, circling, growling) behavior after surgery.
Avoidance of obnoxious behavior. Unneutered male rabbits spray, and both males and females are much easier to litter train, and much more reliably trained, after they have been altered.

Also, The House Rabbit Society's website gives advice on how to go about finding a good rabbit vet. Good luck!