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Hi Lisa, and all,
Hoping not to beleagur the circumstances of your rabbit's unfortunate death, but i hope i may offer some clarification of the process.
In my recent years as a nurse I wound-down my career doing private duty and often the honor of final hospice care. In my years of rabbit rescue I have also had the bittersweet experience of being with many dying rabbits.
Depending the cause of death often affects how it progresses, and it's speed. So some deaths are by nature more peaceful than others, which can be more dramatic. From what you described, I would say that your rabbit's death process was more in line with a rabbit in unresolved stasis, than an illness. Rabbits-- in stasis don't have a peaceful death.
It could have also had a sudden underlying cause as well-- such as a heart attack or-- similar with that kind of finality.
When this happens we generally don't have time to successfully intervene or be able to euthanize more gently. I think I can also say from experience that the guilt we lay on ourselves for not being able to help them have a more peaceful passing often haunts us indefinitely. We seem to do this to ourselves repeatedly. It seems to come with the territory of being a devoted rabbit- owner.
I'm really doubtful that it was a viral nature though, especially a respiratory one. Most respiratory diseases in rabbits- are bacterial. And it's easy for bacterial ones to cause runny eyes and noses ....if they pass it among their partners. Rabbits can get a number of bacterial infections from humans though.
Sadly, we are not always able to save them or intervene in time. It is out of our control, yet we agonize over it.
I hope this helps you come to terms with your loss.
My sincere empathy,
On Sat, Sep 26, 2020, 6:43 PM pack_lisa <lisajpack@...> wrote: