2100 Lane Street Kannapolis, NC 28083
Phone 704.932.8111 | Email info@griffinexotics.com

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Spay and Neuter of Rabbits

Should I Have My Rabbit “Fixed?

In most cases, the answer is an unqualified YES. If you are not planning to breed your rabbit, then spaying or neutering will extend your pet’s lifespan and make your rabbit a better companion for you.

  • Spaying/neutering eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy.

  • Mistakes in identifying the sex of rabbits can be made in multi-rabbit households and unwanted pregnancies can occur. Spaying also reduces the risk of false or pseudopregancy in females, which can cause undesirable behavior like nesting or digging.

  • Spaying reduces the risk of uterine cancer and other reproductive diseases. Adult, intact (or non-spayed) female rabbits are at high risk for uterine cancer.

  • Depending on the breed, the incidence of uterine cancer can be as high as 60%.

  • Spaying/neutering improves the “pet quality” of your rabbit.

When rabbits reach sexual maturity, they can become territorial, aggressive, and destructive. These changes make the pet rabbit harder to handle, harder to litter train, and male rabbits are also more likely to spray urine.

Most rabbit breeds reach sexual maturity between 4 to 6 months of age. Having your pet rabbit spayed or neutered at 5 or 6 months will greatly reduce undesirable behaviors, making your rabbit a better companion. (The risk of uterine cancer increases greatly after 2 years; so all rabbits should be spayed before this time).

How Should I Prepare My Rabbit For Surgery?

The most important preparation for surgery is to NOT change your rabbit’s routine in any way.

  • Do NOT withhold food from your rabbit prior to surgery.

Unlike dogs and cats, rabbits cannot vomit so there is minimal risk of aspiration into the lungs during anesthesia. It is more dangerous to empty the digestive tract, which greatly increases the risk of gastrointestinal stasis, a very serious and potentially fatal problem, after surgery.

  • Do NOT change your rabbit’s diet.

  • DO bring your rabbit’s normal food and favorite treats to the hospital.

  • DO minimize stress in your rabbit.

ALWAYS check with your veterinarian beforehand, but if your rabbit is bonded to another rabbit you MAY want to bring the friend to the hospital as well. Separation can be traumatic and stressful before surgery. After surgery, the friends can be kept separate, where the rabbits can see and smell each other. Reunite the rabbits after healing.

How Do I Care For My Rabbit After Surgery?

  • Keep your rabbit quiet and limit her ability to run or jump.

  • Handle your rabbit with care. Lift and carry her the correct way: supporting the entire body and controlling the back legs. If you are unsure, ask veterinary hospital staff to demonstrate the best way to lift and carry your pet.

  • Make sure your rabbit has plenty of water and her favorite foods like leafy greens, hay, and herbs.

  • Monitor your rabbit’s appetite, water intake, and fecal output closely. If your rabbit’s  appetite slows or stops, or if any other problems arise, contact your veterinarian immediately.

  • Monitor your rabbit for signs of pain such as:

          – Loss of appetite
          – Hunched appearance
          – Reluctance to move
          – Sluggishness, depression o Loud teeth grinding
          – Grunting or crying

  • Check the incision site each morning and evening. Some redness and swelling is normal after surgery, but if redness or swelling persists or increases contact your veterinarian immediately.

  • Additional, sperm can survive in the male rabbit’s ‘tubing’ for up to 4 weeks. Therefore males should be kept away from intact (non-spayed) females for this length of time minimum.


    House Rabbit Society www.rabbit.org


We exclusively treat these exotic pets:

    • rabbits
    • ferrets
    • guinea pigs
    • chinchillas
    • rats
    • hedgehogs
    • hamsters
    • mice
    • gerbils
    • sugar gliders
    • degus 
    • other small rodents
    • parrots
    • canaries
    • finches
    • chickens
    • ducks
    • peacocks
    • non-venomous snakes
    • lizards
    • turtles
    • tortoises
    • salamanders
    • frogs
    • toads
    • fish
    • scorpions

We do not see cats (including “Exotic” cats), dogs, farm animals, monkeys, crocodilians, pot bellied pigs, venomous reptiles, dangerous animals as defined by the state (including foxes, skunks, raccoons, etc).

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I just had my sweet bunny neutered and I feel really good taking my fur friend here. Dr. Edgerton was great and the secretary is so kind and helpful. They called me a day after the procedure to check on him and that means alot.

Diana Fisher
Best exotic pets vets in the local area!

Best exotic pet veterinarian in the local area!



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Monday:            8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday:            8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday:    8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday:          8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday:                 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday:           Closed
Sunday:               Closed

Location and Directions

Griffin Exotics
2100 Lane Street
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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We are doing everything that we can to accommodate as many patients as we can, and this includes continuing to operate curbside (we can see more patients this way)

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. At this time we have decided to continue curbside appointments, which will allow us to stay open so we may continue to provide much needed healthcare to your pets.  Thank you for your understanding.