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June 1–9 is Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW), an annual campaign raising awareness around the welfare needs of pet rabbits in the UK and Ireland.

Rabbit Awareness Week is organised by Burgess Pet Care and supported by the UK’s largest animal welfare organisations and charities. This year’s campaign is urging rabbit owners to vaccinate their rabbits to protect them against a deadly rabbit disease that is sweeping across the UK and Ireland.

Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2 (RVHD2) is highly infectious, with little or no symptoms, and causes sudden death in rabbits by internal bleeding. Vaccination is the most effective way to protect rabbits against RVHD2 and other diseases but only 14% of pet rabbits are vaccinated against RVHD2. The lives of unvaccinated rabbits are at risk, as outbreaks of the disease has been reported all over the UK and Ireland.

Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB MRCVS, Technical Director at Burgess Pet Care, who lead on the...

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