From 2nd to 10th June.
This year have joined to become part of Rabbit Awareness Week 2018. This year’s focus is “move away from muesli,” encouraging rabbit owners to feed a hay based diet.
The main problem with muesli is that it encourages selective feeding. Whilst the different flakes, seeds and grains in muesli make it seem like a balanced food, rabbits will naturally select the more sugary bits and reject the pellets. This unbalanced diet can lead to many harmful illnesses for rabbits, including obesity, gut stasis and other digestive problems, dental disease, reduced fibre intake and reduced water intake. The risk of fly strike is also increased, as uneaten caecotrophs (sticky droppings) cling to the rabbit’s fur, attracting the flies.
If you currently feed your rabbits a muesli-based diet, you can slowly change their food over to high-quality rabbit nuggets over a 4-week period. Also make sure they have unlimited access to good-quality feeding hay, which helps to keep their teeth and tummy in good condition.
To support RAW 2018, for this week only we are running three special offers: 10% off all rabbit vaccines, 10% off rabbit neutering, as well as free health assessments for all rabbits!
For more information about how to care for your rabbit, you can contact the practice on 01825 766006 to book an appointment with one of our nurses who can answer all your questions.