Looking After the Easter Bunny!
Easter is upon us and so we thought it a good opportunity to highlight the welfare of bunnies!
Rabbits have been associated with springtime since ancient times. It is believed that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion. The hare symbolises fertility and rebirth. Christians later changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny.
The idea of an egg-laying rabbit was taken to America in the 1700’s by German immigrants. The children were told to make ‘nests’ with their caps and bonnets, and if they were on their best behaviour, the Easter bunny would leave them coloured eggs.
We know that rabbits can make wonderful pets and we are privileged to care for many gorgeous well loved bunnies.
But too often they are bought on a whim and stuck in hutch. Unfortunately many rabbits suffer very miserable and boring lives.
We strongly support the campaign 'A Hutch Is Not Enough'. Rabbits need space to exercise, stimulation and companionship. You can see more about the campaign here.
And rabbits need as much care and attention as other pets, you can see our 'Rabbit Healthcare plan' here.
It is important to ensure a correct diet to avoid severe dental and bone problems and rabbits should be vaccinated and treated for a nasty parasite called E cuniculi that can cause blindness and severe neurological signs.
If you would like to find out more please give us a call and book an appointment. And please think carefully before buying a bunny, to steal another well known phrase; a rabbit is for life, not just for Easter!
After Easter between May 10th and 18th is Rabbit Awareness Week and we will be offering free rabbit health checks during this week.
For more information on general rabbit care from the rabbit awareness team you can see here.