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EVERYTHING ABOUT SPAYING & NEUTERING YOUR RABBIT

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hey everybody welcome back to our

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today's video is the long awaited

everything you need to know about

spaying and neutering your rabbits now I

get messages and emails on the daily

about this so so many of you want to go

out and do the right thing and get your

bunnies fixed but you're encountering

all these obstacles whether it's

affordability or you're afraid of the

risk or maybe you don't know how to find

a rabbit savvy vet so I'm gonna help

tackle all those issues in this video

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alright so back into the video let's

talk about the pros of spaying or

neutering your rabbit you're gonna

vastly vastly reduce the risk of your

rabbits acquiring any kind of

reproductive cancers bunnies aged 3 and

older have a 60% chance of developing

uterine ovarian or mammalian cancers so

in turn you're also expanding their

lifespan if you have more than one

especially a male and female living

together you're gonna prevent unwanted

litters you're also going to reduce

aggression between two rabbits

especially third the same sex this in

turn is going to help bond your rabbit

with another rabbit if you get it a

partner it also helps with the litter

habits and being territorial now if you

want your bunnies to start using the

litter box more diligently spaying and

neutering is really gonna help in that

department because they're not gonna be

trying to mark their territory

everywhere it's also gonna prevent

females from having faked pregnancies

and a fake pregnancy is basically what

it sounds like it's when a female rabbit

thinks she's pregnant and she really

isn't so she'll start pulling fur from

her coat and building a nest it's also

going to minimize destructive behavior

now rabbits are always gonna be a bit

destructive just because of the way that

their teeth grow and their inherent need

to chew but spaying and neutering is

definitely gonna take away some of that

aggression some of that hyperactivity

again they're not going to be as

defensive and as territorial and finally

last but not least an altered rabbit is

not going to contribute to the

overpopulation of rabbits so every year

over 7 million dogs cats and rabbits are

euthanized at high kill shelters around

the United States

unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in

fields and dumpsters on the streets or

surrendered to these high kill shelters

there just are not enough homes for all

of the bunnies so while it may seem cute

to go out and buy a bunny and then breed

them and have a bunch of cute more

bunnies and sell them off I mean think

about it

really well before you do something like

that rabbits are very vulnerable they're

misunderstood and they're the third most

surrendered animal in the United States

the difference between a spay and a

neuter is basically a spay is when a

female's ovaries are removed and a

neuter is when the male's testicles are

removed people tend to get those

confused all the time alright now one of

the biggest myths that I get from a lot

of people is they're scared that they're

rabbits personalities are gonna change

and actually rabbits personalities are

not going to change whatsoever because

of a space

or neuter now what tends to happen is

you'll acquire a baby bunny who acts a

certain way is a baby and then they grow

up and they become adults and they're

not quite as cute and fluffy and act a

bit differently as adults just because

that's what happens when you grow up

that has nothing to do with spay or

neuter surgeries that's why I always

emphasize adoption as well try to go for

the the adults who are already

potty-trained already spayed and

neutered already fully matured because

what you see is what you get

whereas what the babies you never know

how they're gonna turn out but yeah

spaying and neutering is not gonna

change their personality

it might change again some of the

hyperactivity some of the aggression but

overall it's not gonna make You rabbit

love you any less or anything like that

all right now what is the cost of

spaying and neutering a bunny now the

cost of performed spay or neuter is

gonna vary but it does tend to be a bit

higher than it would be for a dog or a

cat just because it is a little bit more

of a specialized procedure so for a spay

on the low end you might be spending

fifty to sixty US dollars and on the

high end you might be spending about 300

u.s. dollars and the low end for a

neuter might be about fifty to sixty US

dollars as well and on the high end may

be about two hundred US dollars and the

reason that nooners are ever so slightly

less expensive is because it's less

invasive so a little bit less work but

don't let those numbers scare you

because as I said on the low end you can

get some pretty decent pricing it's all

going to depend on your location

you know how good the vet is how

reputable they are but if you really

can't afford some of that higher end

stuff it's very important to connect

with your local rabbit rescue Humane

Society or you know animal shelter they

can usually help kind of hook you up

with a low income voucher there's also a

lot of nonprofit organizations that

perform low-cost spays and neuters so

what I did for Lennon is I got her

spayed through the spay neuter project

la which they no longer do rabbits

anymore sadly I wish I could recommend

them but it cost a hundred dollars flat

which is kind of on the low end

yeah overall it was a pretty good

experience it didn't break the bank so

now the next question how how do you get

your rabbit fixed I'm gonna link below a

list of rabbit savvy vets in the United

States as listed by the house rabbit

Society bear in mind that there are

plenty of other good rabbit savvy vets

outside of that list so it's kind of up

to you to do that research but it's a

good place to start you know look up

online reviews make sure that they're

reputable they're experienced that this

is something they do on a regular basis

you know you can call or email the vet

ask them any questions you might have to

make you feel more at ease about it you

can also contact your local rabbit

rescue or Animal Shelter because they're

constantly dealing with rabbit vets

they're getting bunnies fixed left and

right every time a bunny gets rescued it

has to get fixed and they can probably

make recommendations as well

all right so pre-surgical Care contrary

to popular belief and contrary to other

animals you are not supposed to withhold

food from the bunnies before surgery so

any vet that tells you to withhold food

that's a big red flag the mobilisation

of a rabbit's gut as we all know it's

very very important you want to keep

that gut moving all the time you don't

want the bunny to go into stasis before

during or after the surgery so up until

you drop your bunny off and hand it over

to the vet you should make sure that

they're munching on hay that they've had

veggies and that they're using the

bathroom

the reason dogs and cats are asked to

withhold food is because of the

possibility of vomiting during surgery

or even after the surgery but rabbits

don't have the ability to recur tait so

again very different circumstance

often times the vet will ask you to

bring a bag of their favorite veggies

you also want to make sure that they're

hydrated so while they're in surgery

obviously they're going under anesthesia

that that's gonna have IVs in them

they're gonna make sure that the rabbit

is fully hydrated they're gonna try to

moderate the temperature make sure that

the rabbit isn't cold or warm and then

the vet will stitch up the incision and

usually those stitches will dissolve on

their own and what a lot of beds are

doing nowadays

they'll tattoo a little green or blue

line as an indicator that the rabbit has

been fixed after the surgery the bunny

should remain hospitalized for the rest

of the business day just so that the vet

can monitor them and make sure they've

woken up from their anesthesia okay and

then you should be able to pick up your

bunny at the end of the day now in terms

of post-surgery care I actually already

made a video on that that was one of our

first few videos that we ever made so

I'm gonna link that in the AI cards for

you it's actually a lot of information

and quite detailed so I'm not gonna

repeat all of it here but in short you

know you really just want to make sure

the bunny is eating using the bathroom

drinking water you know you might have

to hand feed your bunny if they're not

voluntarily taking food sometimes that

happens I had to hand feed Lennon her

food you know the first few hours so I

really recommend booking this on a day

that you don't have to go to school or

work or taking the day off for it

because the first 24 hours are crucial

in terms of monitoring the rabbit you

know making sure that they're recovering

but also you want to give them a little

bit of space you know don't kind of

hover over them constantly don't make

them anxious now the females because it

is a more invasive surgery to get spayed

tend to take a longer time to recover

then the male's usually the males are

kind of up and running by the time that

they get home but the females are

probably gonna be a little groggy a

little lethargic and that's normal but

when you want to worry is when they

haven't eaten or even used to the

bathroom in about eight hours and at

that point you really want to call your

vet now if the vet is closed at that

point it's so important to have a

back-up plan so talk to your vet about

you know what 24 hour emergency care

they recommend you know where do you go

after hours when he or she are no longer

in the office and again I will link the

post care video below sometimes bunnies

will be given a cone so that they're not

picking at their stitches or nibbling on

the incision Lennon never had anything

like that and she wasn't really inclined

to do that but every rabbit's going to

be different if you do notice that maybe

from your bunny you can always ask for a

little cone just in case and of course

always monitor your bunnies in those

scenarios because any time you're

putting anything on your rabbit you want

to make sure that they're safe and

they're not gonna hurt themselves there

really are no cons to getting a rabbit

spayed or neutered only con in my

opinion is you know the slight risk of

death during surgery and that obviously

applies to any animal including humans

when we go under the knife there's

always the risk of something going wrong

but sometimes it's a risk you have to

take and you really have to weigh out

your options obviously if you have a

healthy and happy bunny especially a

young bunny whose heart and lungs and

everything is working perfectly they're

gonna recuperate from this in no time

it's it'll be like it never even

happened

that's why it's important for your

rabbit to be evaluated by a vet and see

if they really are eligible for a spay

and neuter now in terms of when it's

recommended to get this done when they

hit sexual maturity so for females

that's about five to six months of age

and for males it's about four months of

age but I've seen rabbits get fixed at

all different kinds of ages the only

time you want to be concerned is when

you're dealing with a sick rabbit or an

old rabbit who's very fragile obviously

the older a rabbit is the less eligible

they become for surgery just because

they're a little bit more frail so if

you're dealing with a rabbit that's

about six years old and above then you

really want to consult with your vet

first

and again I repeat myself a lot but

that's because I have to if you can

connect with your local rabbit rescue

and you know meet other people who have

bunnies integrate into the community

it's gonna be so much help to you if

something does go wrong or you're a bit

worried or maybe you really have to go

to work you can't take the day off but

you can have a friend take over the

shift and watch your bunny for you and

that's why it's so important to be able

to build a support network like that

because you know with dogs and cats I

feel like everyone is a dog and a cat so

you can you can look through your phone

right now and call up anyone could just

say hey can you watch my dog you know

but that's not always the case with

bunnies and I know this is a lot to

process but this is also why I really

recommend and emphasize adoption just

because when you're rescuing a bunny

you're giving at home you're doing all

the right things ethically but on top of

that you're already getting a spayed or

neutered bunny so anytime a rabbit is in

the shelter or goes to rescue they're

getting it fixed for you and just saves

you the whole headache of having to deal

with this so yeah guys that's it for

this video I hope it was informative and

I wish you all luck on your spay and

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