We are sorry you have found yourself in the position where you are considering euthanasia for your rabbit.
Together with you, our hospice vets will make sure these last moments are the best they can be by taking into consideration all aspects of your rabbits’ habitat and their condition. If you are at a stage where you need support with the process of decision making, please reach out to us. As one of our colleagues can discuss quality of life during an online visit with you.
What does a visit for a rabbit euthanasia at home involve?
Every bond is different so please be as open and upfront as you want to be about your wishes. We know this is a difficult time, and we are here to help and support. Below is a guide to what happens when we visit:
When you book your visit, we send you lots of information to your email address. Please read it carefully and ask us any questions you might have. The vet will let you know when they are on the way to you and arrive in a car or a van (some with a discrete logo) and will wear branded clothing.
Within your booking information link is a pdf file called door sign. This allows you to print and attach the do not disturb on your own porch. Please don’t move your rabbit on our behalf, we will go wherever we need to go to keep them comfortable and in familiar surroundings.
The vet will go through the procedure with you and answer any questions you might have. Your input is vital because you know your rabbit so well. Your knowledge will help in making things as peaceful as possible for everyone involved.
When all questions are answered and a plan is made, the vet will start with sedating your rabbit, to make them sleepy and comfortable. This will provide relief to a rabbit that may be having some pain and ensure your rabbit will pass as peacefully as possible. As rabbits take a while to get sleepy this is a time where we can offer some privacy to you and your family.
When the vet has established your rabbit is in deep sedation, they will check in with you whether it is time or whether you would like a bit longer alone with your rabbit whilst he/she is at peace.
If you are comfortable the vet will continue with the euthanasia injection.
With monitoring your rabbits’ heart, the vet will confirm the passing and again ask you if you would like some privacy.
At the end of the euthanasia visit, your hospice vet can either transport your pet away for cremation or assist you in arranging a collection by crematorium staff directly. Our vets can help you decide on the best aftercare options for your situation. We would encourage and help you to consider your preferences regarding cremation or burial in advance if possible. The decision-making can feel overwhelming when you are already grieving. Please read more information about aftercare here.