Thursday, 29 August 2013

Burr - don't clip teeth!

Incisor (front teeth) dental problems are extremely common in rabbits. Many rabbits need dental treatment throughout their life but we want to remind you that teeth should never be clipped, they should always be burred. Clipping damages the tooth roots and can worsen the problem, and is also painful for the rabbit. Clipping is an out dated procedure, if your rabbit is going to have a dental please check that the vet is going to burr the spur and not clip it.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Thank you to all of our supporters!

Isn't it great how much people will do to support our work? This weekend vets Orlaith and Sara of Ani Medics Veterinary Centre in Taunton will be doing a triathlon for us. Here's their fundraising page. Good Luck Orlaith and Sara! RWA member Rosa Nation will be doing a hutch sit-in for us and Havens Gate Rescue Centre at Monkton Elm Garden Centre in Taunton on 24th, so if you are there please go along and support her. She has just been on BBC Radio 2! Next month James Fairman, who did the Great North 10K last year, is stepping things up and doing the Great North Run for the RWAF. This is his funraising page. North of the border, Abbie Fear ran the Edinburgh Marathon. Her fundraising page is still open here James Brockwell has raised funds from a dress-down day at work and also a Guess the Toddler competition, and a Bring and Buy sale. Here is his page Sammy Keetley's rabbit Harry inspired to start her fundraising page Lisa Jobling was brave enough to do a sky dive to raise funds for us Mary Wood trekked up Mount Snowdon Kimberley Smith set up a page to raise funds...sadly despite her efforts, her page has been missed..would you be the first to make a donation? Likewise Irene Coggi whose page was set up in honour of her bunny Skunk. She ran the Edinburgh Marathon last year. Our own Natalie Constance has set up a page too and that's here And as well as these fundraisers, we must remember that it was members of the public inspired by their efforts or their stories who made donations to help us with our work. We want to say a big thank you to all of those who have done the fundraising and to those who donated funds.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Neuter your bunnies!

Say Hello to Jolly - she is around 7 months old, and had a poor start to life as many rabbits do, but she was taken in to our care and is now looking forward to her new life as a housebunny with her new family and husbun very soon. We always advocate neutering male and female bunnies for health and behavioural reasons and because they must be neutered to live together in harmony. We often quote the figure of 80% of female rabbits developing uterine cancer before they are 4 years old if they are not speyed. Jolly was also developing common hormonal aggression behaviours, such as attacking anything that entered her territory, even food! So, she was spayed last week and it was no surprise to us to hear that she already had 3 cysts. The wonderful Orlaith at Ani Medics in Taunton had this to say: "'Jolly came in to be spayed, and even though she was still young at 7 months she had already developed signs of biting. We always advise to neuter from 4 months on. Unneutered rabbits have up to an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer in later years and also risk pyometra which is a nasty infection of the uterus. Furthermore unspayed females become aggressive and territorial. Little Jolly had developed two cysts on her right ovary and one on her left. This was probably contributing to her sudden change in behaviour. Now that these are removed hopefully she will return to being a happy hopper! Other risks associated with a rabbit that is not neutered include false pregnancy, ovarian tumours, uterine aneurysm (blood filled uterus) and of course unwanted pregnancy. Jolly was very happy to go home eating all her favourite hay and some tasty dandelions. " So - please remember to neuter your rabbits - and please share to make others aware - thank you

Can you spare £1?

We had a very busy day on the helpline yesterday. The helpline is a lifeline for people who have nowhere else to turn for help or advice – often in situations where rabbit owners find themselves in a position that they are unable to deal with. Yesterday we spoke to a lady who had taken on a rabbit from a neighbour who was not looking after it properly - an all too common situation. The lady in question had been fortunate enough to secure a rescue space for the bunny next week but in the meantime the rabbit has become ill and her own vet had given poor advice so we intervened and had the rabbit admitted to one of the vets on our ‘rabbit friendly’ list for assessment. Happily the rabbit is reported to be doing well this morning and we hope she can go through the rescue and hopefully face a better future. The next call was from a man who has been left to take care of 11 abandoned rabbits, some of whom are pregnant. We are liaising with rescues in his area to try and find space and we will also help towards neutering costs. Sadly, this is not an unusual day, and these are just two of many calls of this nature. We can’t always help, but we do our best to make a difference wherever we can, and this end of things is merely ‘firefighting’ and sits alongside all the long term work we do to try and stop the casual neglect and cruelty that domestic rabbits suffer. We don’t like to ask for money but if you can help us with just a small donation it would go a long way. If everyone who is subscribed to this page gave just £1 it would make a tremendous difference at a time when funds are running low. You can donate by text, for example “RWAF11£1” or “RWAF11£5” to 70070 or can donate by paypal to Or you could follow this link: Thank you so much