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Spay and Neuter

Bunny Lu Adoptions strongly recommends having your bun spayed/neutered by a rabbit-experienced vet during puberty (4-6 months of age). This procedure is essential if your rabbit is to lead a happy and healthy life.

The risk of reproductive cancer (uterine and/or mammary) is approximately 85% by age 3 if the female is not spayed during puberty.   Many intact does also suffer from false pregnancies, especially if they have a bunny buddy, so spaying is necessary to spare girls from that hormonal stress.

The benefits for a male are primarily behavioral (eliminates spraying and hormone-related aggression), although males can also develop reproductive cancer.

Research indicates a spay/neuter procedure also helps with litter box training!

A knowledgeable rabbit vet can perform this procedure with minimal risk; make sure that your chosen vet has lots of rabbit experience (most dog and cat vets do not treat rabbits, so ask!).   All of the buns rescued by Bunny Lu Adoptions receive a spay/neuter procedure prior to adoption.  Our special thanks to Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Virginia for assisting us in this endeavor

Note that prices for spay/neuter procedures are approximately $150-450 in the Washington-DC area.