IN PICTURES: Rabbit Awareness Week - June 1 to June 9 - free health checks for your pet

Rabbit Awareness Week campaign is takes place from June 1 t9. There are more than a million pet rabbits in the UK and Ireland, making rabbits the third most popular pet.

Wednesday, 15th May 2019, 15:15 pm
The campaign Rabbit Awareness Weeks runs from Saturday June 1 to Sunday June 9

Thousands of veterinary practices all over the UK and Ireland will be offering free health checks to rabbits throughout the week to encourage owners to visit their nearest vet and get their bunnies vaccinated. Research shows that preventative healthcare in rabbits is a major issue that needs addressing.

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There are more than one million pet rabbits in the UK and Ireland, making rabbits the third most popular pet.
Thousands of veterinary practices all over the UK and Ireland will be offering free health checks to rabbits throughout the week to encourage owners to visit their nearest vet and get their bunnies vaccinated

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Research shows that preventative healthcare in rabbits is a major issue that needs addressing.
Rabbit owners are being urged to vaccinate their rabbits following the mass outbreak of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2
Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2 is a highly infectious disease and can kill in less than 24 hours and is often fatal
Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect against rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2 but sales figures for the vaccines show less than 15 per cent of pet rabbits have been vaccinated.
Awareness of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2 needs to improve or more rabbit owners will continue to lose their pets to a very dangerous disease.
Veterinary professionals believe that if this disease was affecting cats or dogs there would be public outcry, but because it's in rabbits it's not seen as serious.
Free checks for you bunnies are being offered
You can find a full list of events at: https://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk/find-a-raw-event/