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Majority of pet rabbits now house rabbits
House rabbits have become more popular.
New statistics reveal shift in the way rabbits are looked after.

Research from veterinary charity PDSA has revealed that for the first time house rabbits are more popular than outdoor rabbits in the UK.

Fifty-one per cent of the pet rabbit population (an estimated 560,000 rabbits) are now kept predominantly inside their owner’s house, a large rise from August 2020, when only 39 per cent of rabbits lived inside.

However, inadequate housing is still an issue, with 22 per cent of all pet rabbits living in small hutches with minimal or no run space.

PDSA veterinary nurse Shauna Walsh said: “If you have rabbits that live predominantly inside your home, they will still need regular access to the outdoors, so they get enough daylight and vitamin D, as well as the opportunity to spend time grazing.

“It is also important to ensure you ‘bunny-proof’ your home, as it is natural for rabbits to chew. Rabbits are likely to nibble anything they have access to – including wires and cables. Give them toys that they can chew on safely, and make sure wires aren’t easily accessible.”


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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Duchess of York stars in charity calendar

The National Foundation for Retired Service Animals (NFRSA) has released its charity calendar for 2024, featuring Sarah, Duchess of York and a selection of the retired service animals the charity supports.

The 12 images were taken by animal photographer Gerry Slade and include retired police dogs and horses, a former border force detector dog, and a retired fire investigation and urban search and rescue dog.

Sarah, Duchess of York, who is a patron of the charity, appears alongside retired police dog Jessie in the photograph for December.

So far this year, the charity has given more than 40,000 in grants to help former service animals with their veterinary care. After retirement, they receive no financial support from the Government and obtaining affordable insurance can be difficult.