In recent years, rabbits & guinea pigs have became very popular pets in Melbourne.
Rabbits & Guinea Pigs can be kept as both indoor or outdoor pet. Both rabbits and guinea pigs can be toilet trained.
Like other pets, it's recommended to desex your rabbits or guinea pigs if you do not intend to breed them. Rabbits reach their puberty at 4-6 months of age and can be desexed from 14-16 weeks of age. Desexing helps to reduce agression between pets and human. It also eliminates the risk of uterine cancer in older female rabbits.
Guinea pigs are common children's pets and they should not be kept together with rabbits as they will often get bullied by rabbits.
Guinea Pigs do not require vaccinations.
Rabbits should be vaccinated against Calicivirius (At 10-12 weeks & then an annual booster).
- Prevention of pregnancy.
- Prevention of uterus cancer - this is the most important reason to desex female rabbits. The incidence of this malignant cancer is very hight (Up to 80%) & tends to occur after 2 years of age.
- Prevention of other diseases of the uterus - infection, endometritis (inflammation of the uterus lining) & uterine aneurism (uterus full of blood).
- Prevention of faulse pregnancies & associated nest building, milk production & aggression.
- Prevention of breast cancer & cysts.
- Prevention of aggressive behaviour in both males & females.
- Prevention of urine spraying in both males & females. In males the urine is very smelly.
- Prevention of testicular cancer.
Desexing Guinea Pigs
Usually it is the male that is desexed because it is less complicated. The main benefits being population control, prevention of reproductive diseases and increased socialisation & mixed pairing.