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    I thought I would post this message from the RWAF Veterinary Specialist Advisor, Richard Saunders re giving Rabbits cardboard toys to play with. The message was posted on the RWAF FB page :

    ''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 inners stuffed with hay etc without problem, and have done for years, because we didn't have the vast array of toys to chose from that we have now. Cardboard boxes filled with bedding are useful for extra insulation in the winter. Cardboard boxes with 2 holes cut in them are useful as a bolt hole for the rabbits to feel safe.
    Obviously as rabbit owners, if you see your rabbits eating a lot of the cardboard, rather than just enjoying destroying it, then remove any cardboard items, and consider seeking veterinary advice.
    As a Specialist Vet, I see rabbits eating both appropriate and inappropriate fibrous and indigestible materials when they have GI problems, and this may be a sign of such issues. As with "hairballs" it's often that the fur, hair, cardboard etc is in the gut in large amounts BECAUSE the GI tract is moving slowly, not causing the problem. What I am saying here is that when the rabbit starts to become ill, they often eat things that are not appropriate, and the cardboard or hairball is in the gut because of the gut slowdown, and is not the cause of it. Of course, there are certainly rabbits out there (as with dogs etc), who definitely eat things to excess, inappropriately, and in such cases, in any species, it's sensible to prevent a problem by not allowing access to the material in question.
    So let your rabbits enjoy their cardboard toys, but as with any toy, be sensible and monitor them. There are lots of things that you can give your rabbits to actually chew and eat that are safe such as apple branches, willow branches, hazel branches and forage trays.

    Richard Saunders
    BSc (Hons) BVSc FRSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) DipECZM(ZHM) MRCVS; RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian); European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (ZHM); RWAF Veterinary Specialist Adviser''


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    Interesting, thanks Jane
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    Thanks for sharing, Jane

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    This information comes via a RWAF 'First Alert' email I received yesterday

    We'd like to remind you all that our Conference bookings are open. We are delighted to be back in Edinburgh at the D1ck Vets this year with its great facilities and warm welcome.

    We are offering the opportunity of two days again, the Saturday being for owners/rescues and the Sunday also including veterinary professionals. The programme for both days is packed and super exciting - as follows

    Saturday, 20th June - "Try This At Home"


    Time Educator Topic
    09.00 – 10.00 Networking and coffee The chance to Rabbit On!
    10.00 – 11.00 Emma Keeble Respiratory problems in rabbits and care at home
    11.00 – 12.00 Molly Varga Vital signs of GI Stasis and care at home
    12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
    13.00 – 14.00 Richard Saunders Ask the Experts – pre-submitted questions
    14.00 – 15.00 Kevin Eatwell Vital signs of renal disease and care at home
    15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
    15.30 – 16.30 Jenna Richardson Clinical exam and caring for ill rabbits at home

    RWAF Members - £60
    Non-Members - £90

    Sunday, 21st June - Behaviour and Welfare Day


    Time Educator Topic
    10.00 – 11.00 Grace Dickinson Rabbit Training For Dummies BUNNIES
    11.00 – 12.00 Grace Dickinson Using clicker training to help with fear and build confidence
    12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
    13.00 – 14.00 Guen Bradbury Fear Free Handling
    14.00 – 15.00 Laura Dixon Trancing and ‘learned helplessness’
    15.00 – 16.30 Guen Bradbury Aggression: What causes it and what can you do?
    16.30 – 17.30 Rae Todd Bonding in practice

    RWAF Members - £60
    Non-Members - £90

    Book both days and get a discount

    RWAF Members - £100
    Non-Members - £150

    Book here https://shop.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pro...on-conference/



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    Can rabbits catch the Corona Virus ?

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/can-rabb...h-coronavirus/


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    Updated advice from the RWAF re Covid 19

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/covid-19-advice/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Updated advice from the RWAF re Covid 19

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/covid-19-advice/
    aggghhhh. It proper gives me the willies reading that. Are vaccinations an emergency cos I feel they are & 3 out of my 4 are due in a month. I also feel I might need vet help assessing Rudeys quality of life in the near future

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    aggghhhh. It proper gives me the willies reading that. Are vaccinations an emergency cos I feel they are & 3 out of my 4 are due in a month. I also feel I might need vet help assessing Rudeys quality of life in the near future
    Vaccinations are still being scheduled at our vets. I have my last 7 booked in on Tuesday but I will be breathing a sigh of relief when it's done as I really wouldn't be surprised if things changed dramatically in the meantime and they cancel. My Filavac vaccinations were not due until June but I had always planned to do them in spring but got a shuffle on as things started to escalate. Worrying about RHD2 as well as Covid19 really doesn't bear thinking about. Myxi I could cope with better as long as I could put netting over an open window etc. I follow a lot of vet practices on FB and many have stopped doing routine vaccinations. Many are getting people to phone from their cars and only go in when it's their turn (which I think is a good plan).
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    Rabbiting On is now available to download in PDF form

    https://shop.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pro...er-2019-issue/


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