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Actually, it was my understanding that unspayed females have an
85% chance of developing reproductive cancer by age 3, and Monty
is at least twice that age.
I'm currently more concerned about her appetite, which seems to
be affected by some gas - I've tried giving simethicone a couple
times, and it seems to have reducred the amount of gurgling, but
she's still acting a little off. She may be going back to the vet
sooner than we think if that doesn't improve.
On 2/28/2021 9:59 AM, Rebecca Rose
I realized, sadly, after I made the remark about not neutering
my first bunny (rescued when he was 10+) that I was STILL
thinking of Monty as a boy! My apologies, sweet Monty.
I, too, would lean toward spaying her now. Similar to many of
you, I once rescued 2 girls together (not sisters, but bonded) -
as is often the case, their history was pretty much unknown -
but they were likely between 4 and 5 years old. After I'd
gotten them settled in and examined for other issues, I went
ahead and had them both spayed. The vet actually called me,
mid-surgery on one, to ask if she could possibly be pregnant
(me: NO!!), because she had a large mass in her uterus. Vet
removed it (I believe there were smaller areas of concern as
well), and that bun is now between 8 and 9 y.o. and still doing
great. Although all of our experiences are "anecdotal",
together they seem to indicate a strong likelihood of an
unspayed female developing reproductive cancer in "middle age"-
and actual statistics seem to bear this out too.
Well, I must admit - I was not intending on having Monty
spayed at this point (not wanting to introduce any new
stress) but the cancer issue has been on my mind. My first
bunny, Q-Tip, was never neutered (my vet and I chose not to
put him through the st4ess and risk) and he lived happily
enough, but I have no idea what killed him (no necropsy) or
whether being intact had anything to do with it. Sigh.
Now I'm giving serious consideration to having a spay done,
just to be sure she's okay now and in the future. I've had
older bunnies that were fixed later in life before I adopted
them, so I have a lot to think about.
On 2/26/2021 10:43 AM, Meg
I agree with Chris snd Karen. My Rosie
was almost 6 when she was spayed and found to have uterine
cancer. It did not spread. Rosie lived a wonderful
life, (Chris, you will remember her from my FB posts)
She passed peacefully at home at 13.5
years old. She was paraplegic during her last year, but
so alert and loving. My cat, Cowboy, loved being near her
Bella was found to have ovarian cancer
when she was spayed as an elder.
Our very skilled vet removed the tumors.
Bella lived for another 5 years and passed from kidney
I rescued a ten yo male with obvious
testicular cancer. He was neutered and recovered
With all of these elder buns (and others over
5 yo), my vet and I agreed to go forward with their
surgeries. Their bloodwork was WNL. We felt that the
risk of cancer and other issues like pyometra was too
I always enjoy hearing about your sweet
On Feb 26, 2021, at 10:25 AM,
I totally agree with Chris. It is not
too late to have her spayed. We do not know the ages
of most of the rabbits coming into the rescue and many
of them are mature females. As long as they are
otherwise healthy, do not hesitate to spay. One older
female, although nothing abnormal was found during the
spay, developed mammary cancer a few years later.
Luckily it was caught early and removed, but if we
decided not to spay her, she would have had a very