Rabbit health targeted in new vets’ campaign

Lucy Thompson and Kelly McManus at Priory Vets.

Lucy Thompson and Kelly McManus at Priory Vets.

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VACCINATION is the focus of an awareness week aimed at improving the health and well being of pet 
rabbits.

Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 2012 begins this Saturday, September 15, and The Priory Veterinary Group’s surgery in Bridlington will be showing its support by offering free rabbit health checks throughout the week.

The RAW campaign will target rabbit vaccination, taking a preventative approach to common rabbit disease such as myxomatosis.

The Priory Veterinary Group, in Market Place, Old Town, will offer free consultations to all rabbit owners in the town, and a discount will be available on the new combined vaccination.

Kelly McManus, from Priory Veterinary Group, said: “The team at the surgery are on hand to offer advice about problems you might be experiencing, and also offer information about the vaccines available to protect your rabbit from preventable infections.

“It is a great opportunity for rabbit owners to gain information and ensure that their rabbit is healthy and happy.”

Matt Brash, TV vet and RAW supporter, said: “Rabbits are prone to catching diseases such as Myxomatosis and even RHD; the latter has no cure once a rabbit is infected.

“There seems to be confusion about whether or not rabbits need to see a vet; the answer is undoubtedly.

“With the support of the veterinary community and the pet retail sector, our primary aim for Rabbit Awareness Week is to educate owners on responsible rabbit ownership, such as registering with a vet for vaccinations, and improving the wellbeing of Britain’s third most popular pet.”

The Priory Veterinary Group will be open for free rabbit health checks between September 17 and 21 and can be contacted on 01262 674085 to arrange an appointment.

For more information on vaccinations and rabbits or about Rabbit Awareness Week visit www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk