Losing a rabbit
For your rabbit
When your rabbit loses their bonded companion, they will grieve, too. Rabbits can create very strong bonds with their mate or companion. Many experts suggest that the surviving mate be allowed to see the body to help them understand what has happened. Each rabbit will handle the death differently. Make sure to watch your rabbit closely after, as some may get depressed and stop eating.
The following are some links with more information of how to deal with your bunny's grief.
- San Diego House Rabbit Society, Your Bunny's Grief
- House Rabbit Society, Marinell Harriman, Pet Loss Support For Your Rabbit
- House Rabbit Society, Joy Gioia, And the Love Goes On
- Colorado House Rabbit Society, Nancy J. LaRoche , When a Rabbit Loses a Friend
- Phyllis O'Beollain, When the senior rabbit loses a companion
- BunnyHugga, Bereavement in rabbits
- Susan Curtiss, Bonding a rabbit after the death of a spouse
A necropsy is a surgery performed after death in an effort to determine the cause of death. This may be useful in helping owners whose rabbits died suddenly and unexpectedly to gain a sense of closure.
The following links include more information about the procedure on rabbits.
- Cotter, ME. (2012). Necropsy: Knowledge After Death
- Zooh Corner. The Value of the Necropsy
- Colorado House Rabbit Society. (2012). Necropsy or Not
- Frances Harcourt-Brown. Post mortem examination
- Tara Parker-Pope (NY Times), Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet
- DrAndyRoark.com, Cherie Buisson, DVM, After Pets Pass: 10 Tips For Those Left Behind
- House Rabbit Society, FAQ: Pet Loss Support and Grief
- House Rabbit Network, Kathy Smith, Love, Loss, Grief, and Survival
- Kathy Smith, Coping with Loss
- Happy Hoppers Rabbit Forum, Sarah Jane, Understanding Grief, Guilt, and Acceptance
- House Rabbit Network, Suzanne Trayhan, When Bunny Dies....
- Bunny Approved, When House Rabbits Pass Away
- Urns for Pet Ashes