Earl Grey gets sterilised

Meet this sweet little 7 month old Netherland Dwarf rabbit. Originally it was thought that this little guy was in fact female and had the name of “Lady Grey”, however his testicles descended and the new name of “Earl Grey” was chosen.

Recently Earl Grey came in to the clinic to be castrated. Desexed rabbits are healthier and live longer than entire rabbits. The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for an unspayed female rabbit is virtually eliminated by a spay procedure. Neutered male rabbits will live longer as well, given that he won't be tempted to fight with other animals (rabbits, cats etc) due to sexual aggression.

Desexed rabbits are calmer, more loving, and dependable once the undeniable urge to mate has been removed. In addition, rabbits are less prone to destructive (chewing, digging) and aggressive (biting, lunging, circling, growling) behaviour after surgery.

Male rabbits are castrated and have both their testicles removed. Females have a full ovario-hysterectomy (both ovaries and womb removed). The surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and both male and female rabbits are given injectable pain relief, sub-cutaneous fluids and a metomide injection to help prevent gut stasis.

Rabbits do not require starving or fasting prior to anaesthesia as they are unable to vomit. They should have access to food and water right up to the time they are presented to us at the surgery. We usually ask owners to bring some food that their rabbit normally eat so we can offer them to their rabbit as soon as they wake up from the surgery.

The anaesthetics we use will often differ from those used in dogs and cats. To make anaesthesia as safe as possible we use the safest anaesthetics available. However a small risk is always present. All anaesthesia is monitored at all times by a trained veterinary nurse, who has had specific training to deal with rabbits.

Earl Grey's castration procedure was a success and he recovered well.