Yarmouth Veterinary Center

75 Willow Street
Yarmouth , ME 04096

(207)846-6515

www.yarmouthvetcenter.com

RABBIT EUTHANASIA

Our preferred and recommended method of rabbit euthanasia begins with administration of a gas general anesthetic by face mask or by placing the pet in a small anesthesia box. Within several seconds to a minute the pet is completely asleep and unaware of the euthanasia injection that follows. Because of how quickly general anesthesia occurs and also because of the safety requirements regarding the use of gas anesthesia we do not allow clients to be present for the anesthesia or euthanasia when we use this method. This is the most effective and humane method of euthanasia.

 

Another method of rabbit euthanasia begins with administration of an injectable general anesthetic. Anesthesia occurs within 5 or 10 minutes. Most rabbits fall asleep smoothly, but a small percentage of them unpredictably experience a minute to a few minutes of excitedness. Once the pet is anesthetized their blood pressure invariably becomes low and this can make it difficult for us to find a vein to administer the euthanasia injection. This is not our preferred or recommended method of rabbit euthanasia, but we offer it as an option if the owner wants to be present while their pet falls asleep. Once the pet is anesthetized, however, the euthanasia is performed without the owner present.

 

When the rabbit is under general anesthesia we administer an injection of the same medication we use to euthanize dogs and cats.

 

The owner has the options of seeing their pet after it has passed away, and of taking the remains with them for home burial or leaving them here. We offer private cremation, with the ashes returned to the owner, or non-private cremation, with the ashes not returned.

 

Yarmouth Vet Center