Neutering and "litterboxing"

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  1. Oct 26, 2014 #1

    madisonl702

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    I have a little buck bun. I want to know the normal price range for neutering. And since I don't want to pay for rabbit litter, I was wondering the best thing to use that's natural. I have horses and sheep so I have hay all year round. I'm REALLY REALLY SUPER scared for when I get my bunny neutered. And I don't know any rabbit savvy vets near me. But I will drive far to make sure that nothing goes wrong. My bunny is still young, so I have time to figure out stuff, but I'm really scared for when the time comes up. What's the healthiest and safest age?
     
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    Normally neuters are done at 4+ months of age. Here is a link that explains more about the advantages, how to prepare, what to expect afterwards and also how to choose a rabbit savvy vet. If the link jumps, then just click on the blue letters of that link that read "spaying and neutering."
    http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/spay-neuter.html

    Hay will do nothing to absorb odor. If you have horses, do you use the wood pellets that are sometimes used for horse stall bedding? Those wood pellets make great bunny litter.

    Are you planning on housing your bunny indoors or out?
     
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    I'm making him a cage and it should be done tomorrow. It's an indoor cage. No, we do not have wood pellets, so what do you think I'd the best thing to use? I will check out the link in a second ;)
     
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    I checked out the link, and I found some rabbit savvy vets on google. What's usually the most expensive cost?
     
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    What's the safest way to neuter? Open or closed? What else is there to it?
     
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    The site says that closed surgeries are preferable. The prices can really vary wildly depending on the vet and your location. The best way to get a better idea is to make some phone calls to potential vets and just ask over the phone. I have seen people on here say they were quoted anywhere from $30 to $300. So you'll just need to call.

    I'd look into purchasing the wood pellets for litter-- especially if you intend to house indoors. Hardware stores typically carry 40lb bags of the wood pellets (used for wood stoves). Price can be from $4-$7 per 40lb bag. One bag last me (2 buns) about 2 months. So it is super cheap. It is also one of the most favored choices of litters on RO.
     
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    The price for a neuter would depend on your area and how experienced the vet is with rabbits. In my area it is about $90-$150 depending on the vet. Some areas I've heard people quoted $500+ for a neuter, it just depends on where you're located.

    As far as bedding goes, pine pellets are the best thing in my opinion. I get them from TSC for around $5 for 40lbs, which lasts quite a while. I also made my own litter box screens (like these), to separate the bunny pebbles from the litter, which makes it last even longer.
     
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    I live in Arkansas and paid $105 for Barry's neuter last week. That included the antibiotic and pain medicine. The neuter it'self was $80. I also use the wood stove pellets for litter and love TinksMama's screen idea! I can only imagine how much longer the pellets would last this way!
     
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    The screen was a huge litter saver! I had four adult bunnies (All Larger Buns around 10lbs) using two litter boxes, and changed the actual litter every 10 days or so. I did dump the pebbles daily and any soiled hay, and then just mixed around the pine pellets so they could fully absorb the bunny pee.
     
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