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Is Your Bunny a Bully? Spaying and Neutering Can Help!

Mar 31, 2015 09:28AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
By Katie Kurylo, Communications Coordinator

At Animal Friends, we know that spaying and neutering your pets can not only avoid unwanted births, but also improve your pet’s health. Did you know that spaying and neutering can also decrease behavior issues?

We once worked with a potential adopter who mentioned that she had resorted to leaving her pet rabbits outside in partitioned hutches year ‘round. She had gotten three sister bunnies from a local farm, and though her intentions were altruistic, she became frustrated when the growing rabbits started having problems. She tried to keep them inside, but the fighting and territorial urinating was too much to handle, not to mention they were biting and boxing her. None of the rabbits was spayed. As we know, living outside in a hutch is no place for a rabbit, so I informed her about local low-cost options to spay her rabbits that would help get them back on track to living safely and comfortably inside the home.

The solution to many pet rabbit behavioral problems starts with spaying and neutering. We will never know for certain if altering her rabbits earlier on would have prevented every problem she encountered—after all, raising three rabbits is no easy task! But what we do know is that unaltered rabbits, whether they’re male or female, have a very difficult time keeping human or animal companions due to sexual frustration and aggression triggered by hormones. Rabbits are extremely social pets and will crave the companionship, but left unaltered, they will become aggressive not only toward other bunnies but toward other pets and humans as well.

Aggression and territorial problems are just two of many reasons to have pet rabbits fixed. Rabbits are dying in overwhelmed shelters every day, just like cats and dogs. Left in the wrong hands, many unwanted rabbits are turned loose outside to fend for their lives, where they quickly perish. A baby rabbit will reach sexual maturity within the first few months of its life. An experienced rabbit veterinarian will perform surgery on a female around 6 months and on a male as young as 3 ½ months. If left unaltered, your rabbit can have a litter every 30 days, even if it’s only a few months old!

Getting your rabbit fixed will prolong its life and your relationship. You will lessen any chance of reproductive cancers or infections that may arise and your bunny will care less about reproducing and territory and more about cuddling and bonding!

Please make the best decision for your pet rabbit and contact Animal Friends’ Low Cost Spay and Neuter Department at 412-847-7004 to schedule an affordable surgery today.