When to spay a rabbit?

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Martha2000

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Hi all, I’ve got a female rabbit. She’s previously mothered a few kits but she is now 3 and we’ve decided to stop breeding her. We want to get her spayed soon but just want to check from all of the rabbit experts on here that this is the correct thing to do? Is the procedure safe, we wouldn’t want to loose her as she is a treasured family pet. Thank you all 💗
 

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Hi all, I’ve got a female rabbit. She’s previously mothered a few kits but she is now 3 and we’ve decided to stop breeding her. We want to get her spayed soon but just want to check from all of the rabbit experts on here that this is the correct thing to do? Is the procedure safe, we wouldn’t want to loose her as she is a treasured family pet. Thank you all 💗
Oh, and is she too old for it all now?
 

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3 years of age is not at all too young to spay. Rescues routinely have rabbits of that age (and older) spayed. The most important would be to find a vet that is truly rabbit savvy (has done countless spays).

The following link has a list of questions one can ask of a vet to help find an experienced one.
 

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Going with a really experienced rabbit vet can make a big difference when it comes to surgery. Iain Cope at Newmarket Vets4Pets is supposed to be a very recommended rabbit vet, if that's close enough to you. Or check the vet list for other options.


 

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Going with a really experienced rabbit vet can make a big difference when it comes to surgery. Iain Cope at Newmarket Vets4Pets is supposed to be a very recommended rabbit vet, if that's close enough to you. Or check the vet list for other options.


That’s perfect actually, Newmarket vets4pets is my local one. I am about to phone and book her in. Thanks for all the advice!
 

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Just keep in mind that though generally considered safe, any surgery carries some risk. So you need to weigh the high risk of uterine cancer in older female rabbits vs. the possible risks of surgery, when deciding whether or not to spay. Going with a very experienced rabbit vet like Iain Cope, does help minimize those risks though. Also having pre surgical blood work done to check liver and kidney function, is a good idea as well.

Just some pre and post surgery info for rabbits, to help you prepare.

 

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