Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the United Kingdom, and a group of partners has joined forces to increase public awareness during Rabbit Awareness Week, to be help from September 15 through 22, 2012. There will be free health clinics offered by thousands of veterinarians as part of the event.
A website has been set up at www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk, and even owners of pet rabbits who live in other parts of the world will discover useful information and tips about how to enrich the lives of both rabbits and the humans who live with them.
Their mission statement recognizes that rabbits are highly intelligent creatures that have individual personalities, are interactive, clean, and are “every bit as worthwhile investing in as dogs and cats.”
Organizations that are partners in the program include the RSPCA, Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, Wood Green The Animals Charity, the Blue Cross, Panacur Rabbit, PDSA and Burgess Excel.
Some of the useful information on the website includes a list of plants that can be harmful to rabbits, inexpensive and practical enrichment options, general rabbit care considerations, stress free travelling for rabbits, dental, ailments, choosing the right vet, and dietary details.
Hoppington Post was pleased to have been reminded that for rabbits who live in the wild, 70% of their time above ground is spent looking for and eating such high fibre foods as grass, hay, herbs, plants and tree bark. Owners of pet rabbits, therefore, are encouraged to hide grass, hay and other healthy bunny snacks around the home to provide both mental stimulation and the dietary fibre rabbits need to stay healthy.
To learn more about Rabbit Awareness Week and to get tips on how to keep house rabbits happy and healthy, please visit www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk