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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > should i spay my holland lop
Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 4/24/2013 6:48 PM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline vickyb
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4/20/2013 4:17 PM

I wanted to know if i should spay my holland lop.

and if I do, would it be dangerous?

He is about 1 yr old.....


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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4/20/2013 4:56 PM
I always recommend spaying and neutering. Are you sure your rabbit is a boy? If so, neutering is a fairly easy procedure to do, my boys have done very well after their surgeries. Girls take a bit longer to recover after a spay, as its more invasive, but is doubly important for girls due to the high chance of uterine cancer.

1 year old is a great age to do the surgery, the sooner the better

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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4/20/2013 11:35 PM

 I am also an advocate of spaying and neutering.   Though males don't have the same cancer risks as female bunnies do, there are some behaviorial benefits as well as if you ever decide to get him a buddy, it can make  the bonding process easier as territorial and mating urges will be subdued a bit.  It is VERY important though that you find a rabbit-savvy vet to do the surgery.   Rabbits react differently to anesthesia than cats and dogs and there are things like 'NOT FASTING a rabbit before surgery that will be understood by a rabbit-savvy vet. 

Do you have a rabbit-savvy vet or do you need help in finding one? 


User is Offline vickyb
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4/23/2013 5:38 PM

Thanks for the advice. Our vet for dogs knows a lot about bunnies too. We are sure she can give him the right anestesia.

 


User is Offline Shoe Bunny
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4/24/2013 9:58 AM
Make sure your dog vet knows a LOT about bunnies. From what I understand, the very schooling that the two types of vets receive is vastly different--like how gynecologists might know a lot about teeth, but don't let them do your dental work. Keep us posted on how things go! I got my boy bunny neutered when he was two years and he became so affectionate.

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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4/24/2013 10:15 AM
Many vets are multi-capable, depending on their experience, so if your vet gave you the green light to neuter your boy, I would be comfortable with that.
It's excellent that you have decided to go ahead with the procedure.
One easy test of a vet's knowledge of bunny procedures of this type is to ask the vet (NOT the receptionist. They can get it wrong.) if you need to have your bunny fast before the procedure. The correct answer is that they can eat normally that day, or at least within a couple of hours of the procedure if it's early AM. In other words, no, they do not fast. This is different from what is done with other animals, and an experienced bunny vet knows this.
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User is Offline LBJ10
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4/24/2013 2:57 PM
I agree with Pam. Make sure to ask the vet that question, not the receptionist. The receptionist at my vet is NOT very knowledgeable at all. However, my actual vet is and the vet techs that work with her know this stuff as well.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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4/24/2013 6:48 PM
I'm glad your considering spaying! Definitely chat with your vet about any questions you have ahead of time, that will help you make sure your vet is comfortable and will help you feel more comfortable too!
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