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Rabbits are the third most popular pets in the UK – after dogs and cats – but three in four of the nation’s two million pet rabbits are badly cared for, according to a report by the RSPCA. But a RSCPA report says that three out of four of the UK’s two million pet rabbits are badly cared for and commonly misunderstood by their owners. In a attempt to highlight some of the common misconceptions among rabbit owners, Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) has been launched. Vets and rabbit specialists fear people are feeding their pets a bad diet, keeping them in hutches that are too small and failing to check their health status frequently enough. Matt Brash, a TV vet and RAW supporter, said: “We know that many owners are very attentive to their rabbits but don’t always fully understand their complex needs. “Along with diet, behaviour, environment, companionship and healthcare, regular vaccinations for rabbits are a necessity for them to live long, happy and healthy lives.” Janice Newbery, who campaigns with a charity called “Make mine Chocolate” says contrary to popular believe you should not feed your rabbits carrot or lettuce. She said: “Carrots contain a lot of sugar, sugar in slow-gut rabbits can release a build-up of gas and kill. Lettuce is full of water and has no real nutrients.” Rabbit Awareness Week, which runs until next Saturday, has joined up with hundreds of veterinary practices offering free rabbit health checks along with advice. Retailers and rescue centres are also
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