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    • TheIlex
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      My bunny, Blossom lives free roam around the house with me and my mother and therefore recieves attention constantly. She is sweet and cuddly with us, not at all territorial but we are worried (based on a previous encounter with a males scent) that she will struggle to bond with another rabbit. Blossom has recently turned two, we were advised by her vet when we first adopted her that she possibly should not be neutered due to the anaesthetics effects on her (as she was quite small for her age) however after reading up on the statistics for unspayed does developing tumours, and her getting older, I believe the time has come to take the risk and have her spayed. She is perfectly healthy and has had no serious medical problems in the past.
      I would love to hear peoples thoughts on whether this is the right action to take and if you believe she will be more likely to desire a husbun after the operation and of course any advice for our situation. Thank you for your time.


    • Wick
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      My initial thought is if your rabbit vet advises against spaying due to anesthesia effects on a small rabbit, finding a vet who is more comfortable doing so is important — if experienced enough, a rabbit vet will not have issues spaying/neutering a small rabbit. Some vets, based on their experience, may not be comfortable with that, and it’s important to respect that, while also considering what this means about their success rates versus someone who is comfortable with it. This doesn’t necessarily mean your specific vet is not experienced enough with rabbits, but perhaps in the realm of doing spays/neuters, there may be someone more qualified and confident, which would translate to potentially better results.


    • TheIlex
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      Thank you so much for your response, thats made me feel a lot better and I will definitely look around for other rabbit specialist vets if her current one advises against it again at her yearly check up next week. I was only really worried about the anaesthetic effects on her but as you say theres so many spayed small rabbits that it can surely be successfully done. Thank you again!


    • LittlePuffyTail
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      I agree with Wick 100% about finding a more confident vet. It’s definitely in her best interest, health wise and bonding wise, if you choose to go that route.

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