Why spay or neuter your rabbit?

NEVER PULL FOOD/WATER FROM YOUR RABBIT BEFORE SURGERY!!!!!!  Rabbit need access to food and water at all times to prevent GI Stasis.  If your vet tells you to fast your rabbit please find another vet.  Front desk/vet tech employees may tell you to fast your rabbit, if so please speak directly to vet before scheduled appointment.

Here’s a list of vets I have used or people have recommended for spaying/neutering rabbits.  Please let me know if you have a vet you recommend to add to this list or how your experience was with one of the listed vets.  Please write down my name (Jessica Hendrix) as a referral when filling out paperwork at your chosen vet.  I do not have prices for each vet so please research before scheduling their appointment.  Thank you! 

  • Georgia Animal Project – Ballground, GA (Neuter only)   770-704-7297
  • The Ark Animal Hospital – Hiram, GA   770-943-9820
  • East Paulding Animal Hospital – Dallas, GA   770-445-7300
  • The Veterinary Clinic West – Marietta, GA   770-424-5484
  • Animal Medical & Surgical Center – Canton, GA   770-479-0111
  • For Pet’s Sake – Decatur, GA   404-248-8977
  • Windward Animal Hospital – Johns Creek, GA   770-569-7298
  • The Ark Animal Hospital – Atlanta, GA   404-567-6848
  • Hammond Hills Animal Hospital – N. Augusta, SC   803-279-4090
  • Hemlock Animal Hospital – Dahlonega, GA   706-482-0201
  • Rocket City Mobile Vet – Harvest, AL   256-333-2345
  • Cahaba Valley Animal Clinic – Birmingham, AL   205-980-0078
  • New Georgia Animal Hospital – Dallas, GA   770-505-7387
  • Braelinn Animal Hospital – Peachtree City, GA   770-487-1144
  • Cumming Veterinarian Clinic – Cumming, GA   770-887-3119
  • Athens Animal Medical Clinic – Athens, GA 706-548-4486
  • Riverstone Animal Hospital – Canton, GA 770-479-7141
  • Animal Medical Center of Lawrenceville – Lawrenceville, GA   770-963-7363
  • Animal Medical Center of Rome – Rome, GA   706-290-9301
  • Sugar Hill Animal Hospital – Sugar Hill, GA   770-271-7777
  • Riverview Veterinary Hospital – Atlanta, GA 770-956-8004
  • Traditions Animal Hospital – Hoschton, GA 706-654-4838

Info taken from https://rabbit.org/faq-spaying-and-neutering/

  • Altered rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits. The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for an unspayed female rabbit stands at 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.
  • Altered rabbits won’t contribute to the problem of overpopulation of rabbits. Over 7 million adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits are killed in animal shelters in this country every year. In addition, unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in fields, parks, or on city streets to fend for themselves, where they suffer from starvation, sickness, and are easy prey to other animals or traffic accidents. Those rabbits who are sold to pet stores don’t necessarily fare any better, as pet stores sell pets to anyone with the money to buy, and don’t check on what kind of home they will go to. Many of these rabbits will be sold as snake food, or as a pet for a small child who will soon “outgrow” the rabbit.
  • Altered rabbits can safely have a friend to play with. Rabbits are social animals and enjoy the company of other rabbits. But unless your rabbit is altered, he or she cannot have a friend, either of the opposite sex, or the same sex, due to sexual and aggressive behaviors triggered by hormones.
  • Spaying and neutering for rabbits has become a safe procedure when performed by experienced rabbit veterinarians. The House Rabbit Society has had over 1000 rabbits spayed or neutered with approximately .1% mortality due to anesthesia. A knowledgeable rabbit veterinarian can spay or neuter your rabbit with very little risk to a healthy rabbit. Don’t allow a veterinarian with little or no experience with rabbits to spay or neuter your rabbit.

Is surgery safe on rabbits?

Surgery can be as safe on rabbits as on any animal. Unfortunately, the vast majority of veterinarians aren’t experienced with safe rabbit surgery techniques. Don’t allow a veterinarian with little or no experience with rabbits spay or neuter your rabbit. Using isoflurane as the anesthetic and appropriate surgical and after-surgery techniques, spaying and neutering of rabbits is as safe as for any other animal.

At what age should rabbits be spayed or neutered?

Females can be spayed as soon as they sexually mature, usually around 4 months of age, but many veterinarians prefer to wait until they are 6 months old, as surgery is riskier on a younger rabbit.

Males can be neutered as soon as the testicles descend, usually around 8-12 weeks.