Rabbit Awareness Week – 18th to the 26th June 2016

Rabbits make wonderful family pets, but did you know that …….

  • Their diet should consist of 80% grass and hay, 15% greens and 5% rabbit pellets. Poor diet can contribute to teeth problems, becoming overweight and gut issues,
  • Exercise is important for your rabbit as it allows them to stay fit and healthy
  • Rabbits love to play with suitable toys. They particularly like to hide in tunnels
  • Male rabbits can be neutered from 10 weeks of age, whilst it is best to leave female rabbits until 6 to 9 months. Left unneutered 60% of entire females will have uterine cancer by 4 years of age and 75% by 7 years of age.
  • They need annual vaccinations to protect them against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic diarrhoea
  • They are very susceptible to “fly strike”, which occurs when flies lay eggs on their coat. The eggs hatch out and become maggots. This can be life-threatening
  • Like dogs and cats, rabbits are protected by The Animal Welfare Act 2006 which says that they must have ‘The Five Freedoms’:
  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

We are running free nurse appointments during rabbit awareness week, where the nurses will be happy to discuss healthy rabbit management. If your rabbit is ill you will still need to book an appointment with a vet (unfortunately these are not free!). If you would like to book either type of appointment please phone us on 01530 836654

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