Monday, January 3, 2011

One More (Deadly Yet Preventable) Reason to Neuter a Male Rabbit

If the possibility of a litter of rabbits, plus aggression and urine spraying weren’t enough to warrant neutering a male rabbit, add testicular cancer to the list. A lot of people are beginning to understand the importance of spaying a female rabbit due to the high probability of uterine cancer and to prevent unwanted litters. However, it can be a lifesaver to alter male rabbits, too. My sister, Bonnie, got a call today from a vet clinic where we take our cats. They wanted a referral to a vet who specializes in rabbits. They had a rabbit with testicular cancer. (Bonnie referred her to two local and very qualified rabbit vets.)
It seems rabbit vets are seeing more of this type of cancer. It may be rabbits are receiving better medical care like cats and dogs nowadays, and living long enough to develop this type of cancer. I don’t know. But I do know this disease should be on everyone’s rabbit radar as preventable with early neutering. If you are squeamish, you might want to skip this link, from the Long Beach Animal Hospital with photos and video of rabbit testicular cancer and surgery.