Safe transport by car
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Rabbits are frail animals that are easily stressed and their transport represents a challenge. The carrier used for transport should be sturdy and protect the animal from exposure to the environment as much as possible. Allergens, sunlight, car lights, extreme temperatures, and being subjected to visual observation by people or other animals could potentially stress a rabbit in a carrier. The carrier should have a solid bottom, with no grid or holes that can lead to injury.
Nylon or cloth pet carriers, as well as cardboard boxes, should be avoided entirely since a rabbit can easily make holes in these materials.
Safe methods of transport
Transportation in a carrier should not take longer than is necessary for traveling from home to the veterinary clinic. If the trip is long, stops should be scheduled at regular intervals. The car should be well ventilated and the inside temperature not reach higher than 24°C (75.2°F). Unless restricted by the veterinarian (e.g., before surgery), food, hay, and water should be supplied. Fresh vegetables or herbs can be provided if the trip is long.
The carrier with the rabbit should never be left unattended in a car, even when parked in the shade. Temperatures inside cars quickly climb to 30 to 50°C (86 to 122°F) on summer days, even when a window is left open for ventilation. The environment in the parked car can very quickly become fatal to the rabbit.
Several methods are available for proper and safe transport of rabbits. The following pictures present safe methods of transporting rabbits in a carrier by car. Depending on the car, the experience of the owner, and the size and weight of the carrier+rabbit, safe car transport methods may differ slightly.
Thanks to Duncan, Yara and Stampi, for their help.
A big thank you also to B. Salt and T. Saarony for their contribution.