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While females have most of the issues being unfixed, Luke is a good example why males should be fixed. Luke was rescued by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary after the owner was going to inhumanly put him down because of a tumor growth on one of his testicles. HHAS – Luke update video (FB). Picture used with direct permission, source. Myths

• Your pet will still be bonded with you after its surgery. While he may be calmer due to lack of hormonal frustrations, the underlying personality will not be changed, especially if altered at a young age. However, if you are basing your rabbit‘s personality on hormone-driven behaviors such as circling, humping, and biting, then such behaviors will be eliminated or reduced after altering.

When intact, both male and female rabbits usually mount one another endlessly out of sex drive and/or to establish social dominance. Same-sex pairs who tolerated each other as babies will often begin ferocious fighting upon reaching sexual maturity. This can result in permanent "unbonding," not to mention serious physical injury.

Opposite sex pairs will begin reproducing as soon as they mature. Left unchecked, an unspayed rabbit and her intact female descendants can produce more than 1300 offspring in a year. Over the course of five years this number balloons exponentially to more than 94 million!

Females can usually be spayed as soon as they become sexually mature, around 5 months old. [6] :87 It is advisable to spay females after puberty but before maturity when large amounts of abdominal fat can complicate the surgery. [6] :87 An immature rabbit will have structures that are not well developed, making the surgery more difficult. [6] :87 Some veterinarians may want to wait until the rabbit is older at ~6 months. [2]

Males can be neutered as soon as their testicles descend, usually around 4 months of age. [6] :87 Some rabbits may have testicles descend at around 10-12 weeks. [7] Motile spermatozoa appear in the ejaculate from about 4 months of age. [6] :87 Some veterinarians may want to wait until the rabbit is older at ~5 months. [2] [8] If they are too young, the neutering may require abdominal surgery which makes the process more complicated. [3] Males can be considered sterile 5-6 weeks after the operation. [6] :87

Older rabbits (6+ yrs) may need to have blood work done beforehand to make sure they do not react negatively to anesthesia. Small rabbits may need to grow bigger before they may be dosed with an anesthetic for surgery. Giant breeds of rabbits may reach maturity a couple of months later so the surgery might be done a little later in these breeds if necessary. [9] Choosing a clinic

• What is your success rate? If any were lost, what was the cause? According to the House Rabbit Society, [2] 90% success is way too low. Every doctor, whether for animals or humans will occasionally lose a patient; usually because of an undiagnosed problem. Veterinarians across the country who spay and neuter rabbits for the House Rabbit Society have lost on average less than 1/2 of 1%.

• Does the veterinarian remove both uterus and ovaries? They should be. Uterine cancer prevention requires the entire removal of the organ, and without the removal of the ovaries, the rabbit will still be hormonal and problematic behaviors will not cease after the operation.

• Does the veterinarian require withholding of food and water prior to surgery in rabbits? Rabbits should never be fasted before surgery. Rabbits cannot vomit, so there is no risk of that during surgery, and rabbits should never be allowed to get empty digestive tracts.

• Make sure to schedule surgery with a rabbit-savvy veterinarian. The vet should be very familiar with the rabbit’s unique anatomy and physiology and has had a great deal of experience and success with rabbit anesthesia and surgery. See How to Choose a Rabbit Veterinarian for more resources on finding a rabbit-savvy vet as well as the sections above.

• Schedule the surgery early in the week and also so that you can bring your rabbit home the same evening. Many vet offices are not open on the weekends, so having the operation on a Monday or Tuesday allows for more leeway in case something goes wrong with your rabbit‘s recovery. Try not to board your rabbit at the vet unless it is guaranteed to have 24/7 care. Many clinics often do not have techs that watch the pets overnight. Bringing your rabbit home to a familiar safe place is almost always better than leaving it in a strange lonely place with other dogs and cats within hearing or sight. Stress can easily make a recovery process lengthier.

• Continue to feed your rabbit until you leave for the surgery. Often non-rabbit-savvy receptionists will inform you to fast your rabbit the night before the operation, but this is very dangerous for your rabbit. Cats and dogs should be fasted before a surgery to prevent aspiration from vomiting, but rabbits are unable to vomit, and fasting them early increases the likelihood of GI stasis after the operation and a slower recovery. [11] Be sure to tell the veterinarian what the receptionist informed you, and if the veterinarian does not disagree, find a new vet.

At the clinic, rabbits are usually given a shot of antibiotics and painkillers. [11] The rabbit should be allowed to recover in a warm environment and given access to food and water. For the first few days, the rabbit should be bedded on a soft surface, such as puppy pad, towels, or linoleum, to prevent abrasive bedding materials interfering with the wound.