Neutering Scheme

Our trial neutering scheme, in partnership with the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, has now ended, thank you to all who participated.

We hope the services received, expertise and of course the procedure itself, were beneficial to both you and you rabbit(s) and that your rabbit(s) have recovered well and enjoying life as part of your family.

It is our intention to not only carry on with the reduced price neutering programme, but also work with other Rabbit Savvy Practices in and around Scotland to bring this much needed service to more rabbit owners.

For now we are in the process of sourcing additional funding in order to continue with what was a successful scheme.  Sourcing funding via grants can often a time consuming and lengthy process so please bear with us whilst we look to gain some much needed financial support. Thank you.

 

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Why Neuter Rabbits?

As a Charity concerned with the promotion of Rabbit Welfare, we strongly advocate that our companion Rabbits are neutered.

Neutered rabbits are happier, healthier and live longer than non-neutered rabbits
As with our canine and feline companion pets it is highly recommended that we, as owners, do the responsible thing and neuter our Rabbits also, as this not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but it ensures the long term health and happiness of our companion pets.

The benefits of neutering Rabbits greatly outweighs the arguments against neutering.

Neutering is beneficial to health.
The risk of cancer developing in the reproductive organs in rabbits is drastically lessened by ensuring your female rabbits are spayed.
The same can be said for male rabbits and in both cases, not only will they live longer, they won’t be tempted to fight with other animals (rabbits, cats, etc.) due to sexual aggression.

Neutering Rabbits reduces the likelihood of destructive behaviours.
Not only will you find your rabbit is much calmer, you may notice they become more affectionate, and trusting of owner interaction and their rabbit companions once the natural urge to breed has been removed.

As a prey species it is in a Rabbits nature to breed to replenish their numbers to survive; therefore, our domestic rabbits’ natural instincts are no different!
Neutering can also reduce destructive behaviours such as chewing or digging (although please remember these behaviours are of course natural to Rabbits, therefore as owners we should ensure their environment caters for this by providing unlimited access to hay/grasses and rabbit safe toys, hideaways etc.)
Not to mention associated ‘aggressive; behaviours such as, growling, biting, lunging etc. Un-neutered rabbits urine spray to mark their territory; this will diminish once neutered.
Additionally, female rabbits will endure numerous phantom pregnancies which are both emotionally and physically distressing as they pluck their fur in order to prepare a nest, only for no kits to materialise.

Our rescues are overstretched and struggling to cope.
With over 67,000 rabbits in rescue during 2012 alone (RWAF survey) the situation is urgent.
Unwanted rabbits are often abandoned to fend for themselves, where they suffer from starvation, sickness, and are easy prey to other animals or killed on the roads. Quite simply put, domestic rabbits will not survive in the wild!

Rabbits are bred to be sold by the thousands in unregulated, often backyard orientated, industries to languish pet stores or sold on by private breeders.

Pet shops are ultimately business who’s main concern is that of turning a profit and as such will sell pets to anyone with the money to buy. They don’t check on what kind of home they will go to, how can they when you can walk out of the shop after 10 minutes with a new baby bunny? Good care advice is often scant, poor or simply non-existent.
More often than not these rabbits end up as a pet for a small child who will soon become bored with the rabbit and find itself being listed on selling sites only to end up in yet another poor welfare home.
Or worse still, in the hands of dog baiter or someone who will use the rabbit as snake food!
The sad fact is it is only the lucky ones who end up in rescue or likewise, a rabbit-savvy home.

Neutered Rabbits can be bonded.
As a naturally social species, Rabbits thrive on the company of their own species. They are at their happiest when bonded with another friendly, compatible rabbit or group.
If you do not neuter your Rabbits and their companions, then they will most likely not be able to share their life with a friend due to sexual, aggressive and territorial behaviours which are triggered by hormones and the desire to breed.

Neutering Rabbits is safe when carried out by an experienced Rabbit savvy Vet.
As with all medical procedures, anaesthesia will always have it’s risks. However, advances in Veterinary medicines, treatments and experience makes these procedures as safe to a healthy rabbit as it would be with a cat or dog. However, we do strongly advise that you ensure your practice or Vet is Rabbit Savvy.
If you are unsure of your nearest practice then please get in touch with the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund) who hold a list of recommended Veterinary practices throughout the UK.