Animal Antics: Dagenham clinic backing Rabbit Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 15:27 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:39 13 May 2015

Rabbits should be given space to run (picture: PA/Yui Mok)

Rabbits should be given space to run (picture: PA/Yui Mok)

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Has your bunny been looking funny recently?

As part of Rabbit Awareness Week, YourVets Dagenham is offering owners the chance to take their furry friend for a free health check.

The Whalebone Lane clinic has embraced the national week to raise awareness of the needs of Britain’s third most popular pet – which are often overlooked.

Sharon Smith, the clinic’s resident bunny expert, said: “Bunnies are often considered to be low-maintenance animals, but this doesn’t mean that their needs should be overlooked.

“We’re pleased to be offering owners the opportunity to take advantage of a free health check for their rabbits, while receiving invaluable tips and advice from me and the team.”

Rabbit Awareness Week, which began on Monday, coincides with the release of research conducted by the University of Bristol that found many rabbits are living in potentially detrimental conditions.

The study showed that less than a quarter have continual access to an exercise area, with 59 per cent of rabbits in the UK living in hutches.

Dr Jane Tyson, Rabbit Behaviour and Welfare Expert at the RSPCA, said: “Rabbits need opportunities to hop and dig and a simple step to improve your rabbits’ wellbeing can be to provide a digging box, toys and hiding places.

“This mental and physical stimulation not only keeps rabbits happy but also helps to keep them fit and healthy.”

Rabbit owners have until Saturday to book their pet in for a free health check at YourVets Dagenham. To take advantage of the offer, call 020 3597 7501

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