Beware of OTC bloat treatments

Here at the RWAF we are often asked about over-the-counter (OTC) medications for rabbits with gastrointestinal disorders, such as bloating. The two products generally discussed are simethicone and dimethicone and, less commonly, gripe water. Simethicone and dimethicone are types of medication known as surfactants, rather than drugs as such. The way that surfactants work isRead More

COVID-19 Lockdown

We have heard from several worried owners whose rabbits’ vaccinations are due now or soon. We are sorry you are in this unfortunate position and we do understand your very valid concerns The BVA/RCVS have advised veterinary practices not to carry out routine procedures, but only to be available for emergency medicine. This is toRead More

COVID-19 advice

We are aware that, due to COVID-19, many people are understandably restricting where they go and what they do, to minimise the risk of spread. And that also many veterinary practices are, quite reasonably, trying to limit visits for non-urgent procedures, again to minimise spread, and also because of limited staff due to self-isolation orRead More

Keeping rabbits with birds

We have been asked whether it is safe to keep rabbits in the same area as poultry, primarily chickens. We don’t advise this for several reasons Dietary needs are different. Poultry birds need grain feeds. This is high calorie and low on fibre. It’s a completely unsuitable diet for rabbits, will cause obesity and doesn’tRead More

Cardboard

A message from our Specialist Veterinary Adviser, Richard Saunders We are aware of lots of comments regarding cardboard at the moment. Cardboard toilet and paper towel roll inners can be very useful as an enrichment tool, and many many rabbit owners use boxes filled with hay and with holes cut inside, or toilet roll innersRead More

Can houserabbits play in the garden?

We are sometimes asked about letting houserabbits play in the garden, especially in cold or wet weather. Our Specialist Veterinary Adviser Dr Richard Saunders has provided this advice “General: I would say that all rabbits outside in runs should have a hide box area with at least 2 exits, to retreat into if feeling insecure,Read More

Erin – a Cautionary Tale

We are often asked about neutering and if it is worth paying a bit more for a rabbit friendly vet, or driving a bit further to get to one. Our answer is always yes. If your rabbit is ill, with something like a dental spur and you need to have dental surgery quickly, you don’tRead More

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2

On the ever topical subject of RVHD2, we are frequently asked about the four month quarantine period that seems to be accepted. This advice did not come from the RWAF but in response to the questions regarding it we have released the following statement. It is not possible for the RWAF to issue blanket adviceRead More

Unhealthy ‘rabbit treats’

We have been contacted by a concerned member who found ‘rabbit treats’ for sale and contacted us. Our Specialist Veterinary Adviser, Richard Saunders has written as follows to the manufacturer Happy Pets and the retailer which has already withdrawn them from sale. ‘We are writing to you to express concerns regarding a number of productsRead More

Campaign Update Winter 2018

Welcome to another Campaign Update, keeping you informed of our constant fight to make things better for bunnies. Richard’s new qualification As if Richard Saunders was not already fantastic enough, he has added another qualification to his name. He now has the European College of Zoological Medicine, Diploma Specialist in Zoo Health Management to addRead More