Rabbit Awareness Week’s Protect and Prevent campaign runs from June 1 to 9, with owners encouraged to vaccinate their fluffy friends.
RVHD2 is highly infectious, with few or no symptoms and causes sudden death, so it’s important to protect them against it.
Research shows fewer than 15% of bunnies are vaccinated despite this being the most effective way to keep them safe.
Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB MRCVS, technical director at Burgess Pet Care, says: “Rabbits are at risk from a variety of deadly diseases, including myxomatosis, rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease and rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2.
“We are urging all owners to make sure their rabbits are vaccinated for Rabbit Awareness Week.”
Even house rabbits are at risk with the chance of infections being carried in on shoes and clothes as well as via other pets and insects.
If you own a bunny and haven’t had them vaccinated yet then book in your appointment at the vets or take them for a free health check for RAW at selected locations.
Download a free rabbit care guide and find your nearest RAW event at rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk.
Pet Hero wanted!
The Pet Health Club is searching for the UK’s Pet Hero Of The Year.
Did your cat comfort you after the death of a loved one? Perhaps your rabbit alerted you to an intruder or your dog detected an illness that you weren’t aware of.
Whatever it is that makes your pet that extra bit special, The Pet Health Club wants to hear from you.
TV vet Rory Cowlam is helping with the search.
He said: “I’m really excited to be involved in The Pet Health Club’s search for the Pet Hero Of The Year.
There are so many amazing animals that have done incredible things to help their owners.
We are looking for courageous cats, daring dogs and reassuring rabbits.
“If you think your animal has done something heroic let us know.”
The competition runs until July 7. Enter now by sending a photo of your pet to them online using #PHChero
Shiela Walker proves that our pets are our best friends.
Her Yorkshire terrier Banna is helping her through treatment as they both fight cancer.
Sheila is one of a record number of 800,000 people in clinical trials with the National Institute for Health Research this year.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Burgess Excel Blueberry Bakes Made by the organisers of RAW, these tasty blueberry bakes are sure to get your bunnies hopping!
All natural ingredients, high in fibre and a great source of vitamin C.
Burgess have a range of tasty treats, herbs, feeding hay and nuggets for you to choose from.