During Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW), easipetcare is offering FREE health checks to all small furries including guinea pigs and also a 10% off neutering voucher. It is important to ensure that your rabbit is always in good health and is getting the right care it needs.
As part of Rabbit Awareness Week, one of our lovely nurses at easipetcare Reading and a rabbit owner herself, Anna, wanted to share some great tips for current and future rabbit owners. Througout the month, she will give some advice on various topics including shelter, diet and health. Here are her top tips for making sure your pet rabbit is in the best of health:
Feeding a pet rabbit can be expensive and many owners will have different ideas about what good diet should include.
Fresh hay or grass – also known as forage, given at least once a day, should always be available for a rabbit to eat. Diet containing at least 70% of good quality hay or fresh growing grass will have health benefits such as a healthy digestive system and teeth. Lots of fibre from the forage prevents obesity and surprisingly boredom from the jaw movement required to chew. Hay should look fresh, needs to have green colour, smelling sweet and not contain dust or mould. Fresh grass, like hay, needs to be hand picked as grass cut by lawnmower starts to ferment quickly and that may lead to serious digestive problems. Also grass should not be picked from the parks because it can contain other animals waste.
Rabbits can also eat twigs from some trees and bushes. Giving twigs to your rabbit will also give them something to do and will help to keep their teeth in good shape.
Twigs should be picked in places away from busy roads and need to be free from chemicals that may have been sprayed on and should be washed before feeding them to your bunny.
Here are some examples of poisonous trees and bushes:
• Black cherry
• Chestnut, oak.
Make sure that your rabbit does not have any access to these.
Another important food group is leafy greens and a variety of vegetables. If your rabbit is overweight make sure they are having more leafy greens than root vegetables, which are higher in calories.
Some examples of vegetables suitable for your rabbit are
If they like herbs try mint, basil, coriander, dill parsley or rosemary.
Rabbits can also have small amount of fruits, because of the high sugar and calorie content, to vary their diet. Examples include:
Rabbit nuggets should be a good quality high-fibre pellets or nuggets. Muesli should be avoided because it increases the risk of dental disease.
In some pet shops there are lots of products like ‘rabbit carrot sticks’ or different types of milky treats which are not healthy at all for your rabbit. Nearly all of them have ingredients such as flour, eggs, colours and preservatives, which are not natural foods and should be completely avoided if you want to keep your pet rabbit in good health.
We’re just twitching to meet all your beautiful bunnies during Rabbit Awareness Week!
Rabbits are increasingly popular family pets with their playful nature and cottontail companionship; but they do require careful looking after and an annual health check is so important.
FREE Health Checks For Small Furries
During Rabbit Awareness Week, running between 9th to the 17th May 2015, all easipetcare Main Centres are offering FREE health checks to our small furry friends which include rabbits and guinea pigs. Our veterinary nurses will check their nails, ears, weight and offer advice on diet, behaviour and how to keep them in tip top condition.
Hop Into easipetcare For Your Rabbit’s Vaccination – only £20
To celebrate our Bunny Bonanza, throughout the month of May we’ll be offering rabbit vaccinations for the special price of £20 ( £15 at Derby) ensuring your rabbit is protected against the fatal conditions of myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Now you can ensure your brilliant bunny is protected at an amazingly low cost, from the vets who care.
Save 10% off Rabbit Neutering
You can further support your rabbit’s health by having them neutered. When you visit easipetcare during Rabbit Awareness Week for your health check, ask about the benefit of neutering your rabbit and receive a 10% voucher off neutering at easipetcare.
As a responsible rabbit owner you will be shocked to learn that over 67,000 bunnies end up in pet rescue centres each year. By looking after your rabbit you are playing an important role in caring for these beautiful pets, for which we send our thanks.
Here are some great tips for your rabbit from Anna, one of our fabulous Animal Nursing Assistants who loves all things fluffy and furry:
● Ensure that your rabbit is on a healthy and balanced diet .
● Every rabbit should be vaccinated and neutered.
● If you notice any changes in your rabbit’s normal behaviour or eating habits, contact your local vets as soon as possible.
● Rabbits need friends too – just make sure they have been neutered or you might end up with a large family of furries!
● Try to keep a similar daily routine
● Ensure the size of the indoor cage/ hutch is suitable
We’re doe eyed over the rabbits and their owners that we meet at easipetcare and look forward to seeing your bouncing bunnies as we celebrate Rabbit Awareness Week.
As we come to the end of of National Pet Month, another top tip for pet owners is to ensure that their pet is easily identified and the best way to do that is with a microchip. Remember by April 2016 all dogs will be required by law to be mircochipped so if you haven’t done that yet, pop along to your local easipetcare clinic where we offer low cost prices from £10.
Thinking of adding a new furry friend to the family? Most would immediately consider a new pup or kitten but there are thousands of older pets out there that are abandon and just want a loving a home. Thanks to the advance in veterinary medicines, our pets are living longer and healthier than before yet for many silver surfer pets, their older years are not so golden. May rescues have a lot of pets over the age of seven and we have put together some benefits of adopting a senior fluffy friend:
They have manners – unlike younger pets, grown up dogs have some form of understanding to commands and many would be house trained.
What you see is what you get – a senior pet comes with history so the future is a bit more predictable.
Old dog, new tricks – adult dogs are more focused on tasks and more attentive. If they need a bit more refining then you can always enrol into an obedience class.
Great company especially for senior citizens - the calming presence of an older pet can be very comforting to the elderly. They both appreciate the companionship and being by each other side through their golden years.
It is also important that if you have a pet over the age of 8 to get them a regular check up to ensure that they are as healthy as possible. easipetcare main centres offer FREE health checks for all pets over the age 8 which include, flea & worming advice , weight and nutritional management and dental hygiene.
Another great tip from National Pet Month. Suitable accomodation for a pet is essential wther you have a horse or a repltile. Please ensure that you research what will work best for your pet and if you need any advice on this please contact your local easipetcare main centre.
To celebrate National Pet Month we will be giving you some tips to promote responsible pet ownership as well as picking up the this year’s theme which is Pets and the Elderly. Top tip number one is when you consider getting a new pet, it is essential that you look at the following factors:
The right pet for your lifestyle e.g if you like the outdoors and enjoy long walks, you might consider an active dog like a Jack Russell Terrier over a Dachshund or if you live in an apartment it might be best to get a cat instead.
Decide whether you would like a new pet or to re home one – there are plenty of loving and caring furry friends out there that just need a lovely home
Consider the monthly/yearly cost of owning your pet (including vet bills,food & insurance)
Consider the time you will need to invest in taking care of the pet and who the primary caretaker will be
These are just a few suggestions of some points to consider if you are thinking of welcoming a new member to your family. And once you are ready, the right pet will be waiting for you!
National Pet Month (1st April – 5th May) this year celebrates the special bond between our senior pet owners and their golden oldie pets.
And at easipetcare we’re offering FREE health checks for senior pets and a discount for our over 60 pet owners, because we understand that experience deserves reward. Read on for more details…
Owning A Pet Is Purr-fect For Your Health!
The British Medical Journal published a review of pet ownership and concluded that owning a pet, particularly for the elderly, leads to a happier and healthier life-style.
• Having a pet reduces feelings of loneliness and provides companionship. It also creates positive experiences being responsible for a pet
• Petting a dog or a cat reduces feelings of stress and keeps you happy with their playful antics!
• The only time you’re ‘over the hill’ with a dog is when you’re walking it! A great way to get exercise and reduce blood pressure.
FREE Health Checks for our Senior Pets
If your pet is over 8 years old (or you believe it is if a rescue dog) it is important that they receive regular health checks, so bring your precious pet to easipetcare for a FREE health check by our lovely veterinary nurses which includes:
• Flea and worm check
• Weight check and dietary advice
• Dental hygiene check
• Behaviour advice for older pets
10% Discount For Our Senior Pet Owners!
For our pet-fabulous owners aged 60 and over we offer a 10% discount off vaccinations, consultations and associated medical treatment at easipetcare. This discount is available at our Main Centres, Monday to Friday between 1pm to 3pm*.
Pet Of The Month
Continuing the theme of National Pet Month, we’d love to see a picture of your pet and your stories of how your best furry friend has helped you. The winner will receive £20 easipetcare voucher and we will also donate £20 to the winner’s favourite animal rescue charity. Terms and conditions available here.
Enjoy your pet in the knowledge that easipetcare is always here for you, your feline friends and canine companions.
Easter has certainly come early at easipetcare clinics with a few visit from some bunnies..not the chocolate ones the fluffy ones! We have also had a few chicks too! – definitely putting a spring in our step!
Remember if you are looking to visit an easipetcare clinic during the Easter period, please check our website for opening times.
Easter is a time to reflect and spend time with family with a great big Easter dinner. It is also a time when colourful plants and flowers are brought into the house but do be aware as some of these can be harmful to your pet. Easter lilies and daffodils are poisonous if consumed and may lead to organ damage. Artificial grass that is often found in Easter baskets or decorative displays can be damaging to your pet too.
Beware of these dangerous plants and keep them away from your precious pet this Easter.