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Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 18 – 26 June

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Like us, rabbits are incredibly social animals and companionship throughout their lives is crucial.  But up to 57% of the UK’s pet’s rabbits live alone.

RAW 2016 wants to help change this and so do we – each year we support the campaign and this year’s primary objective is #BuddiesforBunnies – a pledge to inspire pet owners to consider suitable friends for their single rabbits by encouraging re-homing from welfare centres.

With more medical knowledge and a better understanding about rabbits’ dietary requirements, they are living much longer and healthier lives and so it’s important to ensure they are as happy as possible.

Rabbits like cats and dogs should be vaccinated against two deadly diseases; Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) annually, as well as ensuring their rear ends are kept dry and clean, particularly during the war

We recommend neutering if you are not intending to breed and this can be done from 12-16 weeks of age.  As well as the obvious benefits of preventing unwanted pregnancies, neutered buns are generally much calmer and are also protected from cancer of the reproductive organs.

We have a whole host of information guidance sheets about rabbits on our website – www.hillsidevets.co.uk including how to introduce rabbits.  If you are at all unsure, both Chris and Gemma have a wealth of knowledge about bunnies they are keen to share, so just ask.

We offer FREE healthy hopper clinics too where we will give your bunny an all over health check, including looking at their teeth, and will advise on the best diet for them.

Join us and support this year’s RAW #BuddiesforBunnies campaign.  Together we aim to improve the lives of the UK’s rabbits and stop them getting a RAW deal!

More information about RAW can be found at www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk

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Keith Moore BVSc MRCVS is a Veterinary Surgeon at Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen. For more information visit http://www.hillsidevets.co.uk.

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