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Supporting the Rabbit Welfare Cause

By Tom Seest

Are You Supporting the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund?

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The RSPCA, Wood Green, Blue Cross, and PDSA have teamed up to form a coalition called the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RAAW). This new organization aims to build on the success of RAW by raising awareness of the needs of rabbits. The RAAG has more than 100 members and is committed to saving the lives of as many rabbits as possible.

Are You Supporting the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund?

Are You Supporting the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund?

Why is Vaccination Essential for Your Rabbit’s Health?

Vaccination is an important part of rabbit health care. Many rabbit diseases can be prevented or at least controlled through vaccination. The cost of vaccination varies depending on the size of the pet. Depending on the breed, vaccination costs anywhere from APS15 to APS30. Vaccination is a cost-effective way to help protect your pet’s health.
Rabbits can be immunized at five to seven weeks of age. An annual booster shot can also help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases. While not required by law, vaccination is highly encouraged in many countries around the world. The vaccine does not harm humans or other pets and is not contagious.
There are few adverse reactions to vaccines, especially in rabbits. One study followed 900 rabbits after an RHDV shot and found that just 1.8% had a noticeable reaction. Most reactions were mild and temporary, and included a loss of energy. However, the protection provided by vaccination is invaluable.
There are two licensed vaccines for RHD-2 in the UK. One of these is called Nobivac. The other is Filalvac, a yearly vaccine, which must be given two weeks after the Nobivac vaccination. The yearly vaccine should establish immunity within seven days.
Vaccination against the diseases Myxomatosis and RHVD1 is also recommended. Both diseases can be fatal to rabbits, so a yearly vaccination is recommended. Vaccination is a very effective method to protect rabbits from disease. However, it is best to consult with a veterinarian regarding vaccination schedules.
Vaccination is essential for rabbit health, as rabbits are susceptible to many diseases. A single vaccine can protect your rabbit against three diseases. To book your bunny for a vaccination appointment, call 01922 411755. There are also some vaccinations that rabbits should not miss.
The workshop included Delphi exercises and a panel of rabbit experts. Two of them had experience in rabbit welfare, while the other experts had expertise in companion animals and animal welfare. In the end, a consensus was reached regarding the most important challenges in rabbit welfare. This will help guide future research.

Why is Vaccination Essential for Your Rabbit's Health?

Why is Vaccination Essential for Your Rabbit’s Health?

Why is Neutering Important for Your Rabbit’s Health?

Neutering your rabbit will prevent many health problems that female rabbits can develop, including unwanted pregnancies. Neutering your rabbit also helps prevent unwanted litters and behavioural problems. Neutering can help save your rabbit’s life. Rabbits are very social animals and being alone can cause stress and health problems. Unneutered males can be aggressive and will try to mate with an unneutered female. In addition, unneutered male rabbits can be at risk for testicular cancer and may develop testicular cancer.
The workshop involved 21 experts, including two rabbit specialists. They also included animal welfare specialists and representatives of industry and the charity sector. The workshop participants ranked the issues and produced a comprehensive list of animal welfare concerns pertaining to rabbits. The list was then categorized into seven themes based on their importance to rabbit welfare.
Neutered rabbits also reduce the risk of unwanted mating and bonding. Because rabbits are highly social animals, they are more likely to form close bonds with other rabbits. They need companionship and can be aggressive when they are isolated from their partners. If you have two rabbits, neuter one of them before introducing them to each other. This will prevent unwanted mating and allow you to enjoy your rabbits‘ company without worrying about the negative effects on your rabbit’s health.
Neutering is a relatively low-risk procedure. However, it is still important to check with your veterinarian before making the decision to neuter your rabbit. Make sure the veterinarian you choose is a Rabbit Savvy practice. The RWA&F has a list of vets that it recommends.
Neutered rabbits are more docile than unneutered ones. They are much less likely to bite and scratch if they are spayed or neutered. They are also much less likely to have uterine cancer. Neutered rabbits also have better health. A neutered rabbit is less likely to suffer from diseases like myxomatosis or viral hemorrhagic disease.
Rabbits that are not neutered may be more susceptible to RHD-2. Some veterinarians do not recommend vaccination against this disease. It is important to get regular checkups from a veterinarian to ensure the health and welfare of your rabbit. Rabbits that are not neutered may be abandoned or put into shelters. These animals may suffer from serious conditions that can affect their health and life expectancy.

Why is Neutering Important for Your Rabbit's Health?

Why is Neutering Important for Your Rabbit’s Health?

How much space does your rabbit need to thrive?

Rabbits need a lot of space, so be sure to select an enclosure that is large enough for their size. The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund recommends an enclosure size of 3m x 2m x 1m or a larger combination if you have multiple rabbits. The average rabbit needs at least two feet of floor space and a 10-foot run.
Rabbits prefer a hutch that is at least 6ft high and two feet wide. Rabbits show a fear of open spaces, so they may not be able to rear regularly in small spaces. Aside from their need for space, rabbits have other needs, so a crowded cage may not be good for them.

How much space does your rabbit need to thrive?

How much space does your rabbit need to thrive?

Why is Providing Enrichment Essential for Rabbits?

If your rabbit refuses to come out of their hidey-hole, there may be several reasons for this behavior. First, your rabbit may simply be bored or depressed. Without toys, they may just sit and sleep, and you may even find that they lose interest in their surroundings and refuse to come out even if you open the enclosure.
Another reason that rabbits won’t come to your garden is the presence of cats and dogs. If you live in an area where rabbits are common, try putting up a fence. It’s a good idea to put up a fence with a one-inch-thick mesh. Moreover, the fence should be tall enough to keep the rabbit out.
Another reason why rabbits don’t use their hidey holes is because they feel trapped. This is because they are prey animals, and they do not like to be trapped. Therefore, if you want your bunny to use the hidey-hole, it’s best to provide two openings. If the hidey-hole only has one opening, your bunny may be frightened or run away. In addition, if you have other house pets, try not to keep your bunny in an area with heavy traffic.
Aside from these three tips, you need to keep your rabbit out of direct sunlight. If you live in a sunny area, close the curtains and blinds in the utility room. You can also install a fan to keep the rabbit cool. But be sure to mount the fan in a secure location so that it’s not blowing directly at the rabbit.
Secondly, you must remember that rabbits have complex social bonds with their companions. They live in groups, which are usually larger in size and contain individual tunnels and hide-holes. Bonding two rabbits is a difficult process and needs careful monitoring. Make sure that you introduce them gradually, and don’t leave them alone for too long.
When you bring your rabbit home, it’s best to leave them in a quiet room, and don’t disturb them too much during the first few days. It’s important not to stress out your rabbit, as this can cause many health problems.

Why is Providing Enrichment Essential for Rabbits?

Why is Providing Enrichment Essential for Rabbits?

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