How Old for Spay/Neuter?

Photograph by Joe Beane

People often ask, “how old does a rabbit have to be for spay/neuter surgery?”

For boys, they can be neutered as soon as their testicles descend, usually at about 10-12 weeks. For females, many rabbit veterinarians prefer to wait until rabbits are 6 months old, although some veterinarians do it as early as 4-5 months.  Even after surgery, males can still get an unspayed female pregnant for up to one month after surgery, so rabbits need to be separated even after the neuter surgery is done.

It is critical to choose a veterinarian who is experienced in rabbit surgery. Find out list of recommended veterinarians here, and, if you don’t live in an area with a veterinarian on our list, visit this page to find out about evaluating veterinarians.

Spay/neuter offers so many benefits for rabbits it is difficult to overstate the advantages for both rabbit and human caretaker.