Male rabbits are neutered for a variety of reasons. It helps minimize fighting behavior, makes it impossible to impregnate females, and prevents testicular cancer.
At the Long Beach Animal Hospital use of the laster is mandatory for all neuters. In this page we will first show you the surgery using the laser, then the traditional way this surgery is performed without the laser. The advantages of using the laser will be obvious. Our rabbit patients appreciate the fact that after surgery there is negligible pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Sometimes people get a jaded mindset when it comes to routine surgeries like neuters, that are performed by the thousands, especially at low cost spay and neuter clinics. It is a major surgery, and we treat it as such at the Long Beach Animal Hospital, which you will learn about in this page.
Several days prior to any surgery please bring in your pet for a preanesthetic exam and blood panel to confirm your pet is ready for anesthesia. At that time one of our doctors will go over any questions you have.
On the day of surgery we need your bunny in the hospital between 7:30 AM and 8 AM. Do not give your bunny anything to eat or drink the morning of surgery.
Our veterinary surgeon will call you after the surgery is complete and your bunny is awake. It can go home in the late afternoon the day of surgery unless instructed otherwise. Please call our office at 4 PM for pickup time, you will be given written post operative instructions then. We are open in the evening if you need to pick up later.
Graphic photos and videos on this page
The reason this male rabbit has one testicle substantially larger than the other is due to cancer. Removal of this testicle is needed for treatment. If this pet had been neutered at a young age this problem would not have occurred.
This area contains graphic pictures of an actual spay performed at the hospital. It may not be suitable for all ages
We keep a close tab on important physiologic parameters for all of our surgeries. Monitors like this give us an early warning of an impending problem.
Once our surgeon has scrubbed up and is in sterile gown, gloves, and mask, the surgery begins
These are the normal testicles of a rabbit about to undergo a neuter. The hair has been clipped on the abdomen and the surgical site has been cleaned. The arrowpoints towards the head.
We use the laser for all or our neuters. It has significant advatanges over the scalpel blade. In this picture our doctor is just starting the laser incision.
With the laser there is no bleeding and much less post-operative pain and swelling. You can see the testicle appearing on the left where the scrotum has been incised by the laser.
This short video shows this initial incision and lack of bleeding
After the testicle is gently pulled out of the scrotum it is ligated with 2 sutures before it is cut off. You can see the first suture at the bottom (arrow). Again, note the lack of bleeding.
Instead of sutures we seal the scrotum with a special adhesive. This minimizes surgical time, there is no post-operative discomfort or itchiness from sutures, and you do not need to return for suture removal.
After every routine surgery in our hospital we use our companion laser to aid in the healing process and to make them more comfortable
We have much more information about laser surgery.