It’s time to read the PDSA PAW Report 2017

For the past 7 years the PDSA has produced a report looking into the welfare of the UK’s cats, dogs and rabbits. It’s well worth a read and you’ll probably be quite shocked at some of the findings

Posted: 12 November 2017

It’s time to read the PDSA PAW Report 2017

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For the past 7 years the PDSA has produced a report looking into the welfare of the UK’s cats, dogs and rabbits. Known as the PAW Report, it helps to provide a framework allowing a better understanding of where animal owners and the veterinary profession can work together.

It’s well worth a read and you’ll probably be quite shocked at some of the findings.

Rabbits at risk – 5 major issues

In the rabbit section starting on page 38 you’ll see a wealth of information gathered by YouGov. Here are 5 major issues we’d like to highlight;

  1. 25% of rabbit owners still feed muesli as part of their main diet
  2. 33% of rabbits are fed inadequate amounts of hay (fibre)
  3. 56% of rabbits live alone
  4. 44% of rabbits are unneutered
  5. 50% of rabbits have never had a primary vaccination course

Whilst there have been significant advances in rabbit welfare recently it’s clear that we still need to do more by promoting, educating and sharing the basic needs of rabbits. The messages on diet, housing, companionship, neutering and vaccinations need to be continually repeated and reinforced.

Promote rabbit welfare - Burgess Pet Care can help you

As vets and nurses we are ideally placed to spread the word though consultations, waiting room posters, open evening, email newsletters, social media and leaflets. If you need some help, come along to talk to us as the London vet Show and we’ll be pleased to offer some support.

1. Waiting and consulting room posters

If you’re at the LVS, come along to our stand (M01) and pick up some literature and our popular colourful posters to use in your consulting and waiting rooms.

2. Rabbit Awareness Week – find out more at the LVS

At Burgess Pet Care we are dedicated to helping improve the lives of rabbits. For 11 years now we’ve been running Rabbit Awareness Week[JD1]  (RAW) to help promote and improve rabbit welfare. Every year we join forces with our RAW partners to focus on a different aspect of rabbit care and welfare. This year we’ve been talking all about nutrition.

If you’re planning to take part in RAW again next year or have some feedback to give us from some events you’ve run before, come along to talk to us at the LVS. We’d love to hear from you.

3. A Free Booklet to give to your clients – get yours from Stand M01

Titled “Rabbit Nutrition and its impact on Health and Welfare’

Burgess Pet Care has recently published new research on rabbit nutrition and its impact on health and welfare in a booklet for vets.

It's free and can be given to your clients.

The booklet includes advice on raising awareness of the differences between feeding hay and bedding hay, the importance of providing the right amount of hay and grass and how to encourage and maintain sales through efficient merchandising and POS displays.

The research, supported by Burgess Pet Care and carried out by The University of Edinburgh, highlights the dangers of feeding rabbits muesli style diets. It’s intended to support retailers and vets in guiding rabbit owners through the process of making the right choices on their rabbits’ nutrition.

If would like to receive copies of the booklet, come along and visit us at the London Vet Show. We'll be at stand M01.

You can also contact us at Burgess Pet Care directly on: 01405 862241 or email marketing@burgesspetcare.co.uk.

Read the PDSA PAW Report 2017 

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