Helping a Rabbit Die Peacefully
My 10 yrs old female rabbit lost a lot of weight and it seemed to be breathing slow and heavily before it died.
She was semi unconscious most of the time (within a day).
Can rabbits die peacefully without lethal injection? or they normally squeal (scream) then die? Vet Comment on a Peaceful Rabbit Death
It is possible for rabbits (or any animal for that matter) to die peacefully without assistance, but in most cases they do suffer significantly without euthanasia and/or hospice care.
If your rabbit was unconscious prior to death, I suspect her suffering was minimal during that time, but it is difficult for me to say what she experienced when she was alert.
I do recommend that a veterinarian be involved in end-of-life care for all companion animals so that the process can be as pain-free and peaceful as possible.
Jennifer Coates, DVM
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