Harborough vets offer free bunny health checks as part of Rabbit Awareness Week

Harborough vets offer free bunny health checks as part of Rabbit Awareness Week

Ash Tree practice nurse Claire King with her rabbit Eric, a New Zealand white who was brought into the practice as a stray in 2009

A Market Harborough veterinary practice is supporting Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) by offering free health checks for rabbits. Ash Tree Veterinary Practice on Northampton Road is offering the health checks to any rabbit owners in the area. Owners who aren’t already registered at the practice can do so before booking an appointment.

RAW, which takes place from 23rd to 29th May, is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the health issues that can affect rabbits, the nation’s third most popular pet. The free clinics are being run throughout the week by the practice’s rabbit expert, veterinary nurse Claire King.

The emphasis of this year’s event is rabbit behaviour and how this can affect their emotional wellbeing. “We will be offering advice on how best to care for rabbits with information on diet, neutering, housing and vaccination amongst other issues, as well as checking out the general health of each rabbit,” comments Claire.

“There are an estimated two million pet rabbits in the UK,” she adds. “They are popular because they are such appealing animals, but they do have very specific needs which if not met can lead to serious health issues. We hope that offering these free health checks will help to support owners in caring properly for their pets.”

Rabbits are particularly prone to dental problems, often caused by poor nutrition. Their general health and fitness can also suffer due to lack of exercise and inappropriate housing. The BBC recently reported a 65% rise in the number of unwanted rabbits at a rabbit adoption centre in the Midlands.

Readers who are interested in a free health check for their rabbit should telephone the practice on 01858 462839. Appointments will be offered on a first come first served basis and are available between 9.30 – 11.00am and 4.00 – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

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