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When the End Finally Comes..

The average lifespan of a rabbit is usually between 8-12 years. Sometimes you may notice that your rabbit is not well or they may start behaving unusually. If this is the case you should take them to the vets for an examination. A vet may be able to find the cause of the problem and offer treatment. Don’t delay in doing this as the sooner the problems are diagnosed, the easier they are to treat and the less discomfort your rabbit will have to go through.

If your rabbit is particularly unwell, or is not responding to treatment, your vet may advise you that it is kinder to have the animal put down. The vet will administer a painless injection which will slowly send your rabbit into a permanent sleep. This costs around $15 and is a service offered by all vets.


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Eventually, we have to say goodbye to our beloved pets

Once your rabbit has passed on you may want to pay your respects properly.

There are two ways to give a rabbit a proper burial:

  1. 1. Go to a vet for a cremation, this costs around $10 and you can spread the ashes somewhere.
  2. 2. You can also bury your pet in the garden, under a favourite tree or bush.

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Lee, 26 January 2022

Hi can you tell me why when i google the cost to put a rabbit to sleep i get a price of £10 but the vets i. My town want to charge £80 i have called 3 vets in my town and the cheapest quote was 60 i think that this is a ridiculous price that i can not afford and now have no idea what to do


Gia, 29 November 2021

I know this is an old post, but I decided to post so that people could get a more accurate dollar amount on how much they might be spending on euthanasia & cremation in the U.S. I've had both services performed over the years, abd the costs will run much closer to anywhere from about 95 to 350 for euthanasia, depending on where you are, and depending on the vet. Rabbits are classified as 'exotics', and exotic animal vets will always be more expensive than a regular cat & dog vet, and rabbits will always only be seen by an exotics vet. Cremation doesn't matter, as far as the type of animal goes, it's usually priced by size & weight, and will run between, about, 65 to 300; again depending on where you are in the U.S., and whether you use the vet's office that euthanised your rabbit, or go through a crematorium of your own choosing. Also, the cost will depend on whether you prefer private, individual, or don't mind group cremation. Call around, and gather the info from a few vets before make a decision! And, also ask about what the procedures are, where euthanasia is concerned... whether you can stay with your rabbit until the very end, if you use the vet's cremation services, ask for the name of the company (it's usually a 3rd party), so that you can look up reviews, if you want, etc. Hope this information further helps anyone looking for information, and happen to land on this page ????


Ila, 18 December 2015

It's perfectly legal to bury a pet in the garden of the property where that pet lived, provided that you own the property and that the remains are not deemed to be hazardous. See: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/pets-and-vets/vets-and-pets/pets/when-a-pet-dies/ or http://www.petcrematorium-petcemetery.co.uk/pet-cremation-and-burial-articles/garden-burial


Sue, 7 October 2014

We were charged £80 for having our rabbit put to sleep


Christine, 12 January 2014

It is less upsetting to go for cremation.I have done both ways. I would not bury an animal in the garden again.