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Post by KatieB on Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:42 am

As you know I have been putting plans in place for helping Annie to the bridge when the time comes and I had planned to get a vet to come to our home.

However someone has said to me that this isnt always the best option (dont worry they were being lovely) and Im now worried that I will do the wrong thing or she will be suffer at the hands of someone who doesnt really know how best to help a bun to the bridge.

This is a tough one to ask, but do any of you know how they should do it thats the best way for the bun? Im worried that if it happens over the xmas break ill need to take her to the local out of hours service and my experience of them in the past is that the vets are inexperienced and a bit rubbish so I feel i need to be in posesion of all the facts so I can instruct them on the best way to handle the situation and the kindest way of helping her over just in case?

Im in a flat spin, please help.


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Re: A hard question

Post by gemma997 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:07 am

My Lofty was put down at the vets and I always regret not being there or having him home, I still break down thinking about him.
I read the article on euthanasia in the article bit off the forum that was really useful it goes through what happens and alternatives as well.
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Re: A hard question

Post by c.bolduan on Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:10 am

Katie,
I had Bertie send to the bridge and our vet came out so he went from his warren.
Does your vet not provide a 24 hour service?
How is annie in herself?
Different vets do it differently depending on the situation.
Best practice is to sedate the bunny deeply before administering the drugs that will stop the heart. Sometimes bunnies will put up a fight. I have seen seizures and struggle in the past. If the bunny was heavely sedated she would be unaware and not in pain. It s hard to watch it tho
This is the hornestly answer I can give also not sounding very comforting. Sending you love. C.x

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Post by Big Ears on Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:36 pm

Do you mean the actual injection or all the 'other stuff, preparations etc' surrounding it?

When I was in this situation with Binky the vet told me it's usually an injection in the ear and pretty quick. sadly, as Binky was in such a poorly state she couldn't find a vein to inject into so had to do an injection into the abdomen, which I said I didn't want to watch. She brought him out afterwards and he just "slept" for what was probably over ten minutes. She said she thought he'd gone instantly but he hadn't. He took so long because his circulation was so poor apparently. The time I was with him after the injection was totally peaceful and not as I had spent years dreading how this would feel.

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Re: A hard question

Post by woodwench on Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:35 pm

All but one of my rabbits left from the vets (Toffee collapsed before we could get her there). The injection in the ear is quick and seems to be accepted without stress by the bun. I think the actual stresses involved are the same as those from a normal vet visit.
What I think you need to consider is what vibes Annie will pick up from you.
You are going to be stressed wherever it happens so think which scenario do you feel easiest with? whichever one it is then that is going to be easiest for Annie.... less of your stress and upset for her to pick up on.
I think you, personally feel happiest with it at home. So, Annie will be too. As for the vet being inexperienced.... can you not talk to you vet now and ask about who is doing their Christmas period cover? Find out what they are like and if there is a chance they would come out to you.
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Post by Thumper2001 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:27 pm

What reasons did the person give for it not always being the best option?
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Re: A hard question

Post by jolovesbunnies on Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:00 pm

Wow this is a hard one honey.  All I can really say is go with your gut instinct.  Based on all the info you have and advice given, try and work out which would be best for you  I think I would choose at home but while other vets may actually come to the house, for some reason our vets are reluctant to do that and it is a nuisance. If it is out of hours they want us to meet them and they unlock the surgery.  Just keep talking to us love, it always helps. Great advice above ladies.

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Post by iiisecondcreep on Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:17 pm

Our vet came to us to help Temperance to the bridge. I looked up before hand what happens, and my vet also explained it when he came round. As per the posts above, first of all they give an injection which is the same as they give for general anaesthetic, the bun just goes to sleep. (its worth noting that this takes a few minutes, and the bun may run around a bit first before falling asleep) Once the bun is asleep they administer the PTS drug.

If you are worried maybe you could call the out of hours vet and ask them? Or ask your own vet if they could speak to them for you?

I'm so sorry you are having to think about this  Hugs
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:13 pm

Yes hun, our vet has done that a few times, they don't put them to sleep straight away but but send them off to sleep first.  I am so sorry for you honey.

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Re: A hard question

Post by woodwench on Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:10 pm

I'm reading this and I'm so scared I'm in the same boat as you Katie.
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Re: A hard question

Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:16 pm

Oh darlings, I love you both so much and wish I could help.

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