Unplanned or uncontrolled breeding of their animals is the understandable concern of many pet lovers who choose to keep rabbits. And you should keep at least a couple of rabbits, as they like each other’s company. Once they have reached the age of four months, rabbits are sexually active and mature, and a litter of up to a dozen baby rabbits once a month isn’t too uncommon.
Two female rabbits are your best option if you don’t want to have a male and female rabbit and have to spend time and money on neutering. Female rabbits can develop uterine tumors, and having them neutered can help to minimize this risk, as well of course as preventing your house or yard from being overrun with baby rabbits. Even if you don’t mind baby rabbits, you can help to eliminate aggressive tendencies and territorial behavior in your pet rabbits by having them neutered. In fact, if you have pet rabbits, having them neutered is one of the best things that you can do, although many people still mistakenly believe it to be cruel and unnecessary.
At about the age of five months, it is safe to have your male rabbit, or buck circumcised, a painless and quick procedure which involves removing the testicles through a small incision. You will find that your male rabbit is generally more easy going and easy to live with, despite having some discomfort and appearing groggy immediately after the procedure.
Some discomfort and grogginess can also be expected if you choose to have your female rabbit or doe neutered. The safe and painless procedure is carried out at your vet’s surgery and involves removing the uterus and ovaries through an incision in the abdomen. Your pet will recover quickly with the help of the pain medication given to you by her vet.
Myxomatosis is a potentially fatal viral disease, and if you have pet rabbits it is highly recommended to have them vaccinated against it, as well as the equally serious hemorrhagic disease. Your vet can advise you of the vaccinations that your rabbits need to have, especially any needed in your part of the country.
Your rabbits can potentially live longer, enjoy a fuller life and are less likely to infect other rabbits if you take the trouble to give them thorough medical care.
It is important to remind yourself that you are doing the right thing by having your rabbits vaccinated and neutered, and are preventing pain and suffering in the future. However, this doesn’t stop many pet lovers from feeling guilty about taking their rabbits to the vet. One way to look at it is to acknowledge that you would of course take your children to the doctor as and when needed, and to prevent them from getting sick in the future. It’s no different for your pet.
Finding a vet who has experience of working with small animals is essential, and it is worth taking the time to find a professional that you feel comfortable with. Ask the vet what their qualifications are and how many rabbits they have successfully neutered and vaccinated.