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wwyd rehome or drive 1200 km with bun?

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lemmingcurd Wed 01-May-13 21:34:03

dwarf rabbit. moving back to the uk in july, bit worried that he won't survive the journey hmm . The alternative is to rehome in this country but my DD will be heartbroken, it's her pet. Anyone driven long distances or on ferries with rabbits?

andrea315 Thu 02-May-13 00:57:18

No but I am sure with lots of food and water and a puppy sized pet carrier it will be fine some poor bunnys are locked in tiny Hutchs all their lives and live I would be bringing mine home with me if it was me smile

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 02-May-13 01:21:23

speak to a vet?

i would not get a pet if i thought i was going to give it up to emigrate. im sure a rabbit will travel just fine. pet carrier, food, water, bedding, and possibly a sedative.

good luck. rabbits can live a long time - id take it. mine was 8 when she died.

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 02-May-13 08:55:19

lemming, my two guineas survived flights from Australia to the UK! I am sure that your bun will be ok.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 02-May-13 08:58:35

Speak to vet. They will be able to advise you and possibly prescribe a sedative x

HormonalHousewife Thu 02-May-13 08:59:16

How old is the rabbit ?

I think if you do decide to bring him i would try and prepare your DD for the fact that he might not survive the journey, small animals often dont travel well. We lost our guinea shortly after moving 5 hours drive away, so unfortunately it can and does happen.

what about quarentine ?

lemmingcurd Thu 02-May-13 16:50:06

thanks for replies everyone. Scone, much respect to your australian guineas. He is three. will spk to vet when I get his jabs done. Just feeling a bit worried about the worst happening en route...

FernieB Fri 03-May-13 14:42:24

lemming - don't know where you are, presume somewhere in mainland Europe. We used to live in Germany and would regularly drive back to the UK for holidays. This was a 12 hour trip (via Channel Tunnel) and our rabbit came with us every time. She was a well travelled bunny and loved it. She stayed in a pet carrier at my feet in the front of the car. We made sure she had plenty of hay and then would also put one of those 'cake' things (bunny food all stuck together) for her to chew on. As she was in with me, I offered her water frequently (we didn't put her bottle on the carrier as the movement of the car would shake the water out). She also snacked on apple/carrot slices. In the Channel Tunnel she would come out and sit on knees/hop around the back seat.

The journey never seemed to bother her much at all. She didn't like the first 20 minutes, but once it was clear to her that we'd driven past the vets, she was fine grin and would settle down and snooze for most of the journey.

FernieB Fri 03-May-13 14:44:15

BTW you don't have to declare rabbits/guineas at customs or pay anything to bring them into the country providing they are travelling within the EU.

notfluffy Fri 03-May-13 14:50:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KRITIQ Sat 04-May-13 00:32:02

Longest journey with pigs was when I moved from Cardiff to Edinburgh and they were just fine. We just stopped about every hour or 1 1/2 hour for cuddles and a syringe/drink. They were also in their travel cage on the back seat, rather than their soft carrier that gets strapped in. Probably less safe, but at least they had plenty of leg stretching room (unlike us.)

Should be okay if you plan the journey carefully. Good luck!

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