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Why should I have my rabbit neutered?

Neutering in male rabbits (bucks) is where the testicles are removed, whilst in female rabbits (does) the ovaries and uterus are removed.

The operation itself, which requires a general anaesthetic, can be carried out from about four months of age onwards.

Neutered rabbits tend to be calmer, less prone to aggressive or destructive behaviour and can be kept in social groups without fighting.

The most obvious benefit is that you can prevent unwanted pregnancies. Additionally, because reproductive organs have been removed, rabbits are protected from cancer of these organs.

Neutering is particularly important in female rabbits that are not being used for breeding as 60-80% will develop uterine cancer by 4 years old.  This can only be prevented by neutering before this age.

For more information please contact your branch surgery or our Advice Line.

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