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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A How old is too old?

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    • HareIvoryWhiskers
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        My older half sister got rabbits around the same time that I did (5 years ago for Easter. We did a ton of research first.). And she was wondering how old would be considered too old to spay/neuter her rabbits. She got hers from being rehomed and I got mine from a rescue. Mine were already spayed/neutered so I don’t have to worry. It seems like every time she saves for one or the other something happens. Car breaking down. Washing Machine breaking. Oven/stove breaking. Ect.


      • BrownietheBunny
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          Hi! I wouldn’t really about “how old is too old”. The main point should be getting it spayed or neutered asap to reduce the chances of cancer!


        • BrownietheBunny
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            Hi! Definitely get it spayed as soon as possible. I wouldn’t really worry about “how old is too old”. The main concern should be reducing the chances of it getting cancer asap.


          • Bam
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              Girl rabbits are prone to uterine cancer, so it’s very wise to have them spayed. Any surgical procedure for a bun +5 years is riskier than it is a young rabbit, but rabbit savvy vets know this and have special protocols for it.

              Boy buns can get testicular cancer, but it’s a lot less common than uterine cancer in does. For bonding purposes, getting the boy neutered is still important, because the girl bun is likely to not appreciate the boy’s sexual advances. At all. This of course lowers the chances of successful bonding.

               


            • DanaNM
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                5+ is not too old. I know of rabbits that were spayed at ages 7-8 and the vet was able to successfully remove the cancer that had formed, so I def recommend spaying ASAP. It can take a while to get an appointment, so I recommend just getting the appointment somewhere, which (if you are anything like me) will make it easier to save for as well because it will be concrete and you will know the cost.

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              • Iloveminilops
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                  Try to get your rabbit neutered ASAP to reduce the risk of cancer, thanks!


                  • HareIvoryWhiskers
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                      My rabbits are spayed and neutered. My older sister’s are not.

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