Yes, it can be done!

People are often surprised to learn that rabbits are more than capable of learning how to use a litter tray.  Rabbits are naturally very clean and will instinctively use a designated place as a toilet, just like cats.  The advantage of toilet training your rabbit is that you will be able to let it roam free around the house without worrying about accidents.

Rabbits need at least 30 hours per week to run and explore outside of their cage. This socialisation, while out of their cage also makes training easier.  Start with a designated toilet area, preferably a corner, with a tray filled with a suitable litter.  This may be straw, hay, natural fibre or paper pellets. Do not put litter anywhere else as it can cause confusion as to where the bunny loo is. 

In the first week only change the litter when it is really dirty-it needs to be impregnated with your rabbits smell to encourage your him to use the same place in the future.  Initially your bunny will be shy and hide, but then become more curious and want to explore its environment.

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In the current rat and mouse plague, extra care needs to be taken to help protect our birds of prey, natives and pets from accidentally ingesting rat sac.

Rat baits are dangerous and potentially deadly to animals and people that consume them.  The baits are normally flavoured to make them more attractive to rodents and these can also entice other animals to eat them. 

The clinical signs of rat bait poisoning vary considerably depending on the size of the animal and how much and what kind of rat bait they ingest. 

There are different kinds of rat bait available, the most common are anti-coagulant poisons that stop the blood from clotting normally, resulting in excessive bleeding.  

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Everyone reading this is a mammal and one of the things that pegs us as mammals and unites us all is……breasts.  Yes, even the men and boys.

It still seems to shock people to learn that dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and a host of other domestic species can get breast cancer too.   The aim of breast cancer awareness is to raise understanding for those who can’t speak for themselves and raise awareness of mammary cancer in companion animals.  We need to educate owners that breast cancer and mammary gland cancer are the same disease, it’s just called by a different name in other species. 

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Using dogs’ powerful sense of smell to detect people with Covid-19 could revolutionise how the disease is identified and tracked.  A German veterinary clinic who works with an armed forces school for service dogs, has trained sniffer dogs to detect COVID -19 with 94% accuracy.  The dogs are conditioned to scent out the “corona odour” that comes from cells in infected people. These sniffer dogs have been used in airports in Finland and Chile to detect the virus among flyers.  At the moment, a 3-year-old Belgian Shepherd and a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel are two of the dogs being trained at Hanover University to detect COVID in human saliva.

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A disabled duck in the UK who was struggling to get by on one leg is now enjoying a much-improved quality of life courtesy of some very kind owners who designed a custom-made wheelchair to help him move around more easily.

Stumble is a 12-year-old, white duck who lost one of his legs in a fishing line accident some years ago.  He now lives at a sanctuary for disabled animals where he has been for 6 years.  He has an endearing, affectionate personality in a little bird’s body.  He likes cuddles, watching TV and listening to the radio.

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