Rabbits are a prey species and are not used to travelling, so here are some suggestions to reduce FAS (fear, anxiety, and stress).
HAVE A SECURE CARRIER
A hard carrier with good ventilation is important. It should be big enough that your bunny can turn around, but not so big that he feels “exposed” with nowhere to hide. It is best to have 2 openings. A front opening will allow him to hop in on his own and a top opening will allow you remove him later if he doesn’t come out willingly. A carrier with a top that is easily removed will allow your bunny to be examined in the comfort of his carrier if he doesn’t want to explore his new surroundings.
MAKE THE CARRIER COMFORTABLE
Place newspaper or a towel (if he isn’t a chewer) on the bottom to absorb urine, then lots of hay, a favorite toy, some used litter from home, and a water container that he is used to (bottle, or bring a bowl that you can offer him water in when you arrive). Place a cover over the carrier so he is not frightened by seeing other animals or people.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS
If you have another bunny, bring her along for moral support. As well as being a comfort to each other, one won’t come home with a strange “hospital scent”.
TRANSPORT THE CARRIER SECURELY
Hold the carrier on the bottom and keep it horizontal so your rabbit doesn’t slide in the carrier. Place it on the floor in the back seat to prevent it from moving when your vehicle is turning or if you stop suddenly.
MAKE THE CARRIER A FAMILIAR PLACE
Bring the carrier out a few weeks before the appointment so your bunny can get used to it. Place favorite treats in it so she associates it with good things and will go in willingly on the day of your appointment.