This year’s Rabbit Awareness Week runs from 28th June to 4th July 2021 and it is the 15th year of this awareness week.
Did you know? There are around 300 breeds of rabbit in the world! 🌎
In the wild, rabbits have long faces, upright ears and short coats but modern day breeding has introduced different characteristics to some breeds that can predispose them to certain health issues. Coat changes, size changes, lop ears and flat faces are all things to think about when looking at different rabbit breeds. Take a look at some of the reasons why below.
Lop ears – Ears that fold can’t drain so they will often get a wax build up and this can alter the ear canal. The lack of air also causes a build up of bacteria causing soreness and inflammation. Lop-eared rabbits are also more prone to ear infections.
Flat faces – When you shorten the face, the teeth have crowd in and change position to fit. It is essential in rabbits that their teeth line up properly and wear down against each other to keep them short and avoid overgrowth and eventually tooth root abscesses, jaw damage, tongue lacerations, pain and often death.
🐰ENVIRONMENT CHECK LIST 🐰
A hutch is not enough! Your rabbits accommodation should include a sheltered area (often referred as their house) and this should be attached to a permanent run so your rabbit can choose to go in or out as they please. The minimum living area (including their run) for 2 average sized rabbits should be 3m X 2m (The upper floor of a two-storey house does not count towards this). The sheltered area alone should be 2m x 1 ft and at a minimum height of 1m to allow happy behaviours of jumping and binkying
🐰 What should I feed my Junior rabbit? 🐰
Junior rabbits should be fed an age appropriate nugget, along with 85-90% hay or fresh grass, 10% fresh greens and unlimited water. In regular sized rabbits, once they reach 16 weeks of age, they can then be moved onto an adult nugget. A muesli style diet should be avoided as it has been associated with health problems.