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User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/09/2007 8:35 AM
My bunny is not neutered. So would it hurt him in any way?
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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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4/09/2007 12:52 PM
you mean to get him neutered? It's a sugury, so it will hurt... but they put the bunny under during operation, and then he's on painkillers. My bunny was up and running the day after I brought him home from the vet.

I would highly reccomend getting your bunny fixed. Mine was so hormonal, and aggressive before-hand.. and afterwards he was amazing! I don't think you shoud think about it as "hurting" him. It's the same thing as getting a cavity filled.. it might hurt during or a few hours later, but in the end it's for the better

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/09/2007 12:57 PM
But i mean when he is not neutered. Could it hurt him if he is not neutered?
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User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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4/09/2007 1:08 PM
If he is not neutered he is susceptible to cancer of the reproductive tract later on in life AND he will be constantly wired from the hormonal urge to mate. Imagine what a burden is lifted not feeling like you have to mate all the time.
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User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/09/2007 1:12 PM
so its like i'll be helping him hetting him neutered?
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User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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4/09/2007 4:38 PM
I think you will be surprised what a difference you will see in your bun once you get him fixed. I have two girl buns and their demeanor is completely different. They are much  more settled, have perfect litter box habits and are much more loving.
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Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
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User is Offline BB
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4/09/2007 6:37 PM
Posted By cookie627 on 04/09/2007 3:57 PM
But i mean when he is not neutered. Could it hurt him if he is not neutered?



I ditto what everyone else says.   Though males have a much lower risk of getting cancer than females, it can still happen.   But it will most likely make him more calm. Each bunny is different, but it can usually take a month after surgery for his hormones to die down and to break old habits.

 He's not out in the wild, he doesn't have anyone to fight against or mate with, so it makes sense that these could frustrate a bunny. Some bunnies begin to show aggression too.  What fun is that for either one of you.    Especially if you would be able to appreciate him more, and offer him even more affection if he wasn't peeing on you.  Their urine also becomes much less pungent.   This is the time that many people end up giving their bunny up because they get so frustrated and disheartened.   So a happy human makes for a safe loving home for their bunny. 

It is important to find a rabbit savvy vet though.   It's not the same as neutering cats and dogs.    Do you have a vet that you know is experienced with rabbits?  If not, we can help direct you to links that help you find one either via a list, or with questions that you will need to ask a vet to make sure that s/he is rabbit savvy.

If you do decide to get him neutered, post it, and we'll post Prue and post surgery tips.

Keep us updated.


User is Offline dmh426
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4/10/2007 2:19 PM
get him neutered!

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/10/2007 2:21 PM
well i'm not sure if i should get him neutered because my dad says its crule getting rid of the organ that God made for animals.
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User is Offline BB
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4/10/2007 3:37 PM
 I do not agree at all with your father, but that is what is great about being independent thinkers and living in a country that allows us to be free to believe what we want. 

Here is my take on it:   Unless you plan on breeding (and boy, I sure hope you don't as there are already too many bunnies in the world), then I think it can be cruel to have a bunny stay intact and deal with hormones that no longer have a place as a domestic companion. Rabbits have a relentness need to breed and a need to guard and mark their territory.   In the wild they need these hormones to survive, but in our homes it can make them  anxious, aggressive and frustrated.  Rabbits were modified via breeding through human interaction, and though many parts of them were made domestic, their instinctual part can still be there, and unless we change all rabbits through breeding to become wild rabbits again, then the domestic unbred domestic rabbit will be burdoned with hormones that can make him unsettled.

I can compare it to "wisdom teeth".  The jaws of humans have changed over time and though many people still get the wisdom teeth, they not only don't need them, many times wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and infection and must be removed.

Also, as another example.   Unbred nonspayed female rabbits have a very very high cancer rate. 85% according to the House Rabbit Society.    Which is more cruel - to leave a bunny intact and risk a tragic death of cancer, or prevent the cancer altogether, offering a longer happy life by spaying?   Now I know your bunny is male, but if he was female would spaying still be considered cruel if it could save her life?

But ultimately  everyone has the right to their opinion and  if your father is set on this, then there's not much you can do about it.  You just have to respect him and his decision.  I just hope your bunny eventually settles down on his own so that you will all be happy.  (including your bunny)

The behavior he is showing can possibly get worse,  and this is the time when many people get tired of it all, and give their bunny up, and that is the cruelest of all.   There are so many shelters overloaded with bunnies.  So I hope you and your father will be able to handle the spraying and any other hormonal behaviors that will show up. 

Good Luck!

Note: There are a few exceptions I have heard of where a unaltered bunny never has any major hormonal crazyness and they are just fine.

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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4/10/2007 4:51 PM

To be honest, the worst thing you could do is to put off getting him fixed if you do decide thats what you want.

Rabbits generally (from what my vet told me) take longer and more care to actually fix than other animals and sometimes buns (not to scare you) dont do well with anesthesia.

I knew the statistics on cancer in buns. I knew I needed to have her fixed. But i was so scared that I would lose Carrera that I put off getting her fixed until my vet made me. She ended up getting fluid in her nipples and they all were getting huge and we had to have the fluid removed. It was awful. She was in pain and then when they did the surgery he said her ovaries were HUGE and ended up had a pretty rough week after surgery. By being selfish I ended up making my baby suffer and I still feel horrible about it. She was four years old at surgery time. (im a horrible bunny mom i know)

And, shes still mad at me. And she was fixed last November.

I know your bun is a boy but realize what could happen in the future. If you do it when he is young he will mature into a loving pet. If you wait he may not like you-just like my rabbit is with me.

And I agree with Binky. By all means I am a God fearing chick, but you have to look at this like a human appendix. At some point in life we may have used it but currently our bodies bypass it. And actually, most people dont know that whenever you have any bowel surgery if the surgeon is close to your appendix whether you like it or not they will push taking it out because it has no function.

Hopefully this helps some.

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User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/11/2007 11:43 AM
But the other reason is that my dad does not want to is because of the money. He said it could cost a couple hundreds of dollars.
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User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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4/11/2007 3:25 PM

Bunnies are considered exotic animals and generally can have very high vet bills if/when they get sick. Any type of GI/stasis problems can get extremely expensive.

Each of my buns cost about $120 to get fixed.

I dont know how old you are but is there any way you can do stuff for your family to raise $ to pay for the surgery?

AND..... something that no one has mentioned... I dont know where you got your new baby but if you got him at a petstore many times they are sexed incorrectly so your boy may really be a girl. So you may need to take him to the vet just for a first exam and make sure he is a boy.

Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline BB
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4/13/2007 9:13 PM

He's right, neutering can cost $200 dollars.  But there are also lower cost spay and neuter clinics.  I can't remember which binkybunny member found one, but she got her bunny neutered for something like $50.  But you have to make sure that the spay and neuter clinics have experience with rabbits (extremely important!)

Also, rabbits in general can cost big bucks at the vet, so what will happen if your bunny gets sick?  When you bring an animal companion into your home, you become financially responsible for it and need to be sure you can care for their vet bills.   So even if you save up for neutering, be sure to save your $$ for any emergency.   I think many people think rabbits won't be too expensive because they are relatively cheap to acquire, but a vets experience doesn't come cheap and it doesn't matter if a pet cost  $5 dollars or $500, you pay for the vet, not the pet. I have pet insurance  and it has saved me over a thousand dollars!  I pay about 11 dollars a month.   I use http://www.petinsurance.com/

Also, if your bunny becomes more messy and if destructive starts,  how much money will be spent on cleaning and on the replacement of things?


User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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4/13/2007 9:17 PM
Another reason to adopt from a rescue group or shelter, where you can get one that is already neutered. Cookie, if you are in CA some us would probably be able to suggest a low cost vet for neuters.
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User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/14/2007 6:04 AM
but the thing is i live in IL not CA
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User is Offline poopy
Orange County, CA
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4/14/2007 7:19 AM
Here is a list of vet referrals in Illinois: http://www.hrschicago.org/articleslay1.html
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User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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4/14/2007 9:06 AM
hi cookie- i'm in IL right now, actually in chicago. I've been told that if you go outside the city into the burbs that it's cheaper.. and there's a place up north in skokie that Red Door reccomends... you can go to their website and and ask them. www.reddoorshelter.org

The vet that I went to isn't on the HRS list, but she was awesome and really helped me out with Fujoe's aggression problems. I'm actually going to try to get her on the list.. the only thing is that she was really expensive.

just depends on where you are in IL

User is Offline x liddo bunny x
Fullerton, California
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4/14/2007 10:33 PM
i have a question.... do you get allowence? why dont you try saving up to neuter him/her? right now i am having a problem getting mine spaded buti just started up a savings jar. how about 5-10 dollars a week? personally i would save all of my allowence (i only got 10 dollars a week but i didnt eat lunch at school at all and i didnt get anything unnecessary and was able to save up to pay for my parent's bills they couldnt aford to pay) but seriously, i believe if you love your bun enough you should get him/her neutered and if you continue making up excuses, i am very sorry to say but i think that someone out there may have a better home for your bun. not suggesting you give your bun away but what i am trying to say is your bun is like your child, if he/she needs an operation, you have to take them to see the doctor no matter the costs. it may be a little hard after but i truely think its worth it. think of how happy your bun will be. as for your dad, i also have a dad that is very up tight and i come from a pretty poor family (as i said i started a savings for my TWO buns) but i think that it is worth every penny to help my buns after all, my buns are my babies. =)

hope i wasnt too harsh. if so, forgive me
my name is Carolyn and my precious babies are 2 holland lops named Mochi and Emo and a uhh uhh not sure what he is.... but his name is Moogle

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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4/15/2007 5:06 AM
Thats nice but i live in IL
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