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Fixing Thumper

Spaying or neutering a rabbit offers benefits well beyond preventing unwanted litters.

By Deana Mae Nelson

rabbit spaying and neuteringBecause so many do not understand rabbits, many families decide to get rid of their pet rabbit only a few months after adopting it. This is usually about the time the bunny becomes an adult rabbit. 

Abandonment is often due to children losing interest in the pet, commonly because their bunny started scratching, biting or no longer wanted to be held. Sometimes parents surrender rabbits to shelters or set them loose in parks because they were incorrectly told both rabbits were female, and the family ended up with a litter of bunnies with the female pregnant a second time. In other cases, the family has a pair of males that start fighting at about 5 months of age. Also, families often contact rabbit rescues later on in life with concerns about the cost of health care, not wanting to or unable to pay the vet bill. 

What many people do not know is that behavioral problems, extra bunnies and several health problems can be prevented by a single surgery. Spaying and neutering rabbits not only prevents unwanted additions to the homeless rabbit population, but also many behavioral and health problems that are all-too-common to unaltered rabbits.

For the full article, pick up the 2011 issue of Rabbits USA or click here to buy the issue.

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