Additionally and logically in an effort to avoid attracting
attention from carnivores they have a very poor ability
to display fear and pain behaviour. Whilst this may make
it more difficult for predators to identify the more vulnerable
individual it also makes it extremely difficult for both
vet and owner to identify early clinical signs of disease.
This feature means that if pet rabbits are to live their
full life expectancy of 10 years they require a considerable
amount of effort to ensure that they remain healthy.
Fortunately, Bridget is vaccinated against disease, lives
mainly on grass, is examined daily for fly strike and is
weighed on a regular basis to boost her chances of living
to her full potential. Despite their appeal as the UK's
third most popular pet many prospective owners fail to appreciate
the effort required in responsible rabbit ownership. Fortunately
for Bridget her prospects of reaching a pensionable age
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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