Vet Selection to Spay Bunny

by Mark
(Akron, Ohio)

Hi
I have a 15 month old dwarf bunny that needs to be spayed. I have read the recommendations to find an exotic animal vet to do the operation.

The exotic vet charges $400+ to spay a bunny. My vet charges $100. My vet took good care of our bunny that died from congestive heart failure last April. I am having a hard time justifying the cost difference for what seems to be a simple procedure.

I would appreciate anyones thoughts and experience.

Thanks

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It’s because an exotic vet is more familiar with rabbits NEW
by: Anonymous

Rabbits are very sensitive animals and spay and neuter is not the same for them as it is for a dog or cat. Most vets have never worked on spaying or neutering rabbits because it’s very risky due to how sensitive rabbits are to anesthesia, and frankly most vets aren’t trained specifically in fixing rabbits. Exotic vets know exactly how to anesthetize the rabbit and keep it alive. It’s a risky procedure so that’s why it costs more. If your vet is only charging $100 for spaying a rabbit, he probably doesn’t know how risky fixing a rabbit really is. That’s why you don’t see many bunnies in shelters. Because the mandatory spay and neuter combined with the lack of experience most vets have with the fixing of rabbits means most die before they can be put up for adoption.

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