09.05.14

Tomorrow (10 May) marks the beginning of Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW).  Which this year will be calling on rabbit owners to make one small change to improve their pets’ health and welfare.

Two rabbits in garden © RSPCA

According to the PDSA, nearly two thirds of pet owners are unaware of the five key welfare needs of their pets. These are the five things that all pets need to be healthy and happy. Which all pet owners now have a legal duty to provide.

One small hop for pet owners, one giant leap for rabbit kind

This year’s RAW campaign, ‘One Small Hop’, looks to simplify the steps pet owners can take to improve rabbit welfare. The campaign aims to educate and encourage bunny lovers to make one rabbit resolution to improve their bunnies’ health and wellbeing.

Vet practices, rescue centres and major pet retailers are backing the ‘One Small Hop’ campaign by providing free advice to owners on meeting their rabbits’ five welfare needs:  diet; environment; company; behaviour and health.

Vet practices will open their doors to the nation’s pet bunnies, with many offering free health checks. Retailers will have educational events and in-store promotions. While rescue centres will host open days to help pet owners hop to it.

Invaluable tips and advice

Dr Jane Tyson, scientific officer and RAW Spokesperson for the RSPCA, said:

“With the number of RAW health checks taken up rising year-upon-year, RAW has extended health checks throughout the whole of May.

 

“This offers owners the opportunity to take advantage of a free health check for their rabbits, while receiving invaluable tips and advice from vets and vet nurses.

 

“At the same time, retailers will be offering in-store promotions and events, and rescue centres will be holding more open days than in any previous year.”

Pet owners can make their ‘One Small Hop’ pledges on Twitter using @rabbitawareness and #OneSmallHop.

Find out more about Rabbit Awareness Week and read advice on caring for your rabbits.

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