It’s rabbit awareness week!
To celebrate our beautiful bunnies we’ve decided to offer our Rabbit customers the following special treats!:
- Free rabbit health clinics with a nurse including dental check
- Free goody bag with sample of food for each rabbit attending
Please call the reception team on 01566 772211 to request your appointment
Remember this is also a great opportunity to discuss the life-long benefits of your rabbit joining the Castle Care Club
Rabbit Awareness Week is organised each year by a coalition of partners, including Burgess Pet Care, various vet bodies and charities including the RSPCA, RWAF, PDSA, Wood Green The Animals Charity and Blue Cross. The partners all have one thing in common – we put animal welfare at the heart of everything we do.
Each year Rabbit Awareness Week focuses on highlighting one key welfare issue to help improve the lives of UK rabbits.
According to the annual PDSA Animal Welfare (PAW) Report, inappropriate diet has been consistently cited by veterinary professionals as the top issue that needs to be addressed for rabbits since the first report in 2011.
Therefore, this is our 2018 campaign focus.
The Problem with Muesli for Rabbits
Muesli-based diets have been proven to increase the risk of many harmful conditions for rabbits by published, peer-reviewed research undertaken by The University of Edinburgh. The study showed that muesli-based diets encourage selective feeding, where rabbits eat some (high starch/sugar) components of the muesli diet while rejecting the more fibrous pellets.
Selective feeding in this way increases the risk of:
- Dental Disease
- Reduced faecal output potentially leading to gut stasis
- Uneaten caecotrophs (sticky droppings) potentially leading to flystrike
All of these conditions are extremely damaging to rabbits’ health and welfare and can be fatal.
The 2017 PDSA PAW Report shows that 25% of owners still feed muesli as part of their rabbit’s main diet equating to ‘280,000 rabbits being fed a harmful diet*’.
Rabbit Awareness needs your help
In light of this we will be raising awareness around the risks of feeding muesli-based diets, encouraging all owners to ‘Move Away From Muesli’ in 2018 and to transition their rabbits onto a high-quality, hay-based diet.
We would like to invite all vets, owners and retailers, who are taking the step to move away from muesli, to sign this letter and share the message to encourage others.
You might like to learn more about rabbit awareness on their website: here
Find out more about the Castle Care Club...
As well as providing many routine veterinary services, our healthcare club gives you discounts on a huge range of treatments that can help you save money on most of the vet care you need to give to your pets.
Talk to a vet or nurse about the life-long benefits for your pet when you join the Castle Care Club – Call 01566 772211 or click below to see what's included...
Rabbit advice guide:
Why the right diet is essential to you rabbit’s health
This is an essential advice guide for rabbit owners. The FREE download is packed full of advice on what you should be feeding your rabbit. This pet advice guide is supplied courtesy of the veterinary staff at Castle Vets in Launceston.