Vets and nurses are key to raising owners awareness to obesity in rabbits. In this article you’ll find 5 ways you can share your knowledge
Posted: 01 August 2017
Most of us are aware that rabbit owners may not appreciate what is a normal weight or body condition for their pet, nor do they recognise the signs of obesity such as exercise intolerance or grooming difficulties. In general practice, our vets and nurses are key to raising their awareness, and below you’ll find 5 ways you can share your knowledge with them.
1. Discuss diet – there have been huge advances in our understanding of diets in rabbits over the past few years. Make sure your clients know the importance of a fibrevore diet and feeding hay and grass. Check they aren’t feeding muesli style foods.
2. Measure body condition score – the online rabbit size-o-meter is an excellent way to introduce pet owners to regularly monitoring their pet rabbit.
3. Monitor body weight – we all have scales in our consulting rooms. Ensure everyone in the practice checks and records the body weight of every animal each time it’s in for an examination.
4. Run obesity clinics – an invaluable tool that will allow the practice nurses to bond with owners to help their pet to lose weight safely. We’d normally recommend no more than 0.5-1% of its body weight per week. If you need help, we can provide you with some excellent posters to use in your consulting room to highlight the importance of a fibrevore diet.
5. Make time for exercise – an active lifestyle should be encouraged, so think of ways to help the rabbit get out and about. It helps if the owner hides the food around the home to encourage the animal to move about as it forages.
Did you know we are the only UK pet food manufacturer to produce a rabbit nugget which is specially formulated for overweight rabbits and those at risk from obesity? Excel Light Nuggets are a complementary calorie-controlled food which helps reduce and control a rabbit’s weight at the correct level. It’s key benefits are;
If you’ve found a successful way to run obesity clinics and help rabbits lose weight, why not share them with us. We’d love to hear what you think. Send your ideas to Consumercare@burgesspetcare.co.uk.