We just wanted to put your minds at rest - this new virus does not affect rabbits or other small pets. Only us two legged beings, and is only really dangerous for the older generation and those with under lying health conditions, we have to remember it’s an infectious respiratory illnesses. Although to keep these folks healthy we need to keep ourselves healthy, to stop the spread of this virus and this believe it or not is actually going to help protected your bunny(ies) at home from a very nasty and fatal rabbit disease, called RVHD2, which you can unfortunately bring home on your hands and clothing.
If your rabbit is not yet vaccinated, we would strongly advise you getting this done, there are two strains of RVHD: VHD1 and the new VHD2, there is one vaccine that will cover both of these strains - Filavac . Please speak with your vet. Virkon is a very good disinfectant for VHD.
As a company we would like to assure you that we have very tight hygiene controls in place .
We do not allow visitors to our warehouse, the staff on arrival change in to work overalls and shoes, that do not leave the premises, and they wash their hands in between packing orders, and we are all illness free. No animals are kept on the premises and the warehouse is vermin free.
All our hays have been in storage here since October last year and we are currently not getting any foreign stock in. Just to be on the safe side, as the media reports are very conflicting on how long the virus can survive on packaging.
We also pack our products in Eco friendly paper sacks and bags-and not plastic, healthy for us and the environment.
So to help you stay safe-think -HARE
Hands-Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and hot water.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.
Exposure - social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
If you are having trouble finding a suitable hand sanitizer you can very easily make your own. Using Aloe vera and isopropyl alcohol 99%
Once you’ve purchased the two ingredients, you’ll need to put them into separate containers, and mix them together. For the mixture to work, you’ll need to put one part aloe vera for every two parts of isopropyl alcohol. You can also add a couple of drops of Tea tree oil. You’ll need to thoroughly mix the ingredients together until the mixture thickens up. Then just pour into pocket sized spray/pump bottles.
As with many home-made products users will need to remember the home-made mixture won’t contain any chemicals designed to help moisturiser. skin, so using the home-made sanitizer could quickly dry out the skin on your hands. So on returning home wash your hands with soap and water and finish with a good hand moisturiser.
We will be making ours this week once our ingredients arrives - we will let you know how we get on.
Stay safe and remember
If you have a fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention by calling your GP or NHS 111 and follow the directions of your local health authority.