I was very pleased to see (Lynn News, May 1) a piece on free health checks available for pet rabbits during Rabbit Awareness Week (May 9-16).
A full list of free rabbit health checks is available on the RAW website It is definitely worth taking advantage of one of these checks, even if you think your pet rabbit is fine. It’s a great way to have teeth checked, claws checked/clipped and a general check including weight, ears, eyes.
It may come as a surprise to many readers to know that while rabbits are the third most popular pet in Britain, they are also one of the most neglected domestic animals. This is largely due to ignorance rather than wilful neglect . People do very often buy them without doing any research into rabbit care.
Unfortunately, many people still believe it is ok to put a rabbit alone in a small hutch, feed it an inappropriate diet and with no access to exercise area. These days there is so much more information on rabbit care available, and I would encourage anyone with a pet rabbit, or thinking of buying one, to take a look at rabbitwelfare.co,uk which is the website of RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund). I am a volunteer for RWAF and I am going to be at Pets at Home in Wisbech on Tuesday from 10.30am with another RWAF volunteer. We will be pleased to chat.