Neutering pet rabbit Babe
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Neutering rabbit Babe never crossed my mind when I bought her, or the short time, she had been with me. She was keeping me too busy to think about anything more than protecting her and my garden. But that was about to change thanks to a vet
Babe came with a voucher to see the vet for a health check and vaccination against myxomatosis and RHD1. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease is a viral form of hepatitis that comes in two strains. Both of which are highly infectious, transmitted by blood-sucking insects and fatal.
Never the one to miss out on a freebie and having witnessed in wild rabbits the suffering myxomatosis causes. I booked Babe in with the vet, before taking her home, but had no idea what RHD was.
So, a week after leaving the shop, Babe found herself back in the pet shop, but this time upstairs at the vets. After a short wait among the various breeds of cats and dogs, it was our turn to see the vet, a short middle-aged woman with a blunt manner.
Babe had her weight, teeth and eyes checked followed by the combined myxomatosis and RHD1 vaccination.
Only now was I informed that Babe still needed protecting from RHD2, so would have to return in two or three weeks.
Now I am told the look on my face speaks volumes, just before my mouth speaks my mind. To my mind, I should have given this information at the time of making the appointment.
However, before I could open my mouth, the vet hurriedly explained. Strain 1 and 2 vaccines are incompatible and needed administering separately.
Then without taking a breath, said neutering rabbit Babe would be necessary at six months old as if I had no choice. I left the consulting room with a bleeding tongue, made an appointment for the RHD 2 vaccination and left.
It was not that I am against neutering rabbit babe if it is necessary, but Babe was alone. She had only been with me for two weeks, and I had no intention of getting her a partner at the time.
The garden was escape-proof, and Babe had my complete attention while she was running around in it. So, if she did get pregnant, it would have to be an immaculate conception.
Two Reasons for Neutering rabbits
When I finally cooled down, I put it down to the vet’s unfortunate manner and let it rest. But I decided to research neutering rabbits on the internet. There were only two reasons I could find to have her spayed, unwanted pregnancy and aggression.
Apparently, female rabbits can get territorial and more aggressive in the spring while nesting, even if they are not pregnant. But researching this one topic, lead to a mine of information I did not know about rabbits. So, getting Babe, a partner was now being considered.
I wanted Babe to have a long, happy life, and if having a partner is needed, then so be it. But she would need to be sterilized first.
Second Visit to the Vet
Two weeks later Babe was back at the vet’s, who seemed a bit more amiable, Babe had her weight retaken. But while having the vaccine injected pulled away and came across the table to me. Before I could react, she was roughly grabbed, dragged across the table, and pinned down to finish the injection.
For the first time in my life, I was speechless, and Babe shot back into her carrier for protection. So, I just shut her in, picked her up and left without saying a word.
Stress-Free and Relaxed
Babe and I spent the next six weeks relaxing under the sunshade in the garden, a first for me. I had never enjoyed sitting and doing nothing day after day for so long. With Babe for company and entertainment, the time flew by, and for the first time in years, I was stress-free.
By the last week in September, summer was fading, and Babe was a week away from reaching her sixth month. Although I was reluctant to have her spayed, I had decided to get her a company, so it was unavoidable.
Finding Another Vet
But first, I had to find another vet with experience in neutering rabbits to carry out the procedure. As there was no way, the last one was getting her hands on Babe again.
But the vet’s that are neutering rabbit’s all the time are part of the pet shop chain where I bought Babe. So, they would be the best, and there was another one four miles away. But I would need to check it out and find out if the staff moved between the two branches.
I went to see them, and the staff were pleasantly helpful and assured me that each practice was independent. Then took me through the procedure and aftercare that would be needed. I made an appointment for Babe to have a pre-op check, confident she would be in good hands.
Neutering Rabbit Babe
Five days later, the young male vet, who would neuter rabbit Babe gave her the all-clear. So I could book her in, but still, I held back. There are risks, a slim chance the anaesthetic used while neutering rabbits, could kill her, being my main concern.
I knew it was irrational to think this way. I’d had dogs spayed, horses gelded and they were all put at risk without a second thought. So, how was neutering rabbit Babe any different?
Later that week, I was passing the vet’s and forced myself to go and make the appointment for Babes operation: and found Babe, her perfect partner in the process.
Babe went in for her operation the following week, took it all in her stride, and gained a fan club. The surgery staff!