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Vets concerned about rabbits' health

Monday April 10th 2017

Vets have expressed concern that rabbit owners are putting their pets' health at risk by giving them the wrong food as treats.

According to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), many rabbit owners still think that carrots are the best food for the species, despite the veg's high sugar content.

Around 85% of vets have serious concerns about rabbits' health as a result of their diets, with many noting a rise in obesity, gut problems and dental diseases.

Rabbits should ideally be fed a fibre-based, plain diet including hay, grass and leafy greens like cabbage and kale. Lettuce is also best avoided.

BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: "Rabbits are fantastic animals, but for years they were considered an 'easy' or great 'first pet', and we're still seeing the effects of that - with a shocking five in six vets seeing rabbits suffering from very preventable illnesses."

He added that some owners don't realise they are making their pets unwell and by the time they find out, it's too late.

He advised people to speak to their local vet before buying rabbits as pets.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017