Rat Neutering Procedure

Neutering is a surgical procedure in which the testicles are removed.
Male rats are neutered for several reasons, such as: elimination of unwanted litters; eliminating the risk of testicular cancer; behavior control; reducing stress due to sex hormones.
Most rats are neutered at the age of 4-6 months.

In this video you will see Dr. Kenneth Jones showing the procedure of neutering a male rat.

As you can notice in the video, the surgeon first prepares the surgical field by exposing the rat’s testicles. He does two different techniques for each of the rat’s testicles: closed approach and open technique.

The post-operative care for a neutered rat includes, giving your rat pain medication, keeping it in a clean environment and try to minimize it’s moving (running, playing).