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Rabbit Vaccinations

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There are two fatal diseases in rabbits that we recommend vaccinating against. These are Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD), also known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.

Myxomatosis

Mxyomatosis is a severe viral disease spread by biting insects such as fleas and mosquitoes.

Symptoms include weepy, puffy eyes leading to blindness, thick discharge from the nose, puffy fluid-filled swellings around the head, face and genitals. Rabbits also become anorexic, depressed and death usually results within 12 days.

The main route of infection is via insects such as fleas and mosquitoes that have previously bitten an infected rabbit. Direct contact with infected rabbits can also spread the disease. ALL pet rabbits (indoors and outdoors) are at risk.

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

RHD is a fatal virus spread by direct contact between infected rabbits (both wild and domesticated) as well as indirect contact by fleas, people and even on your clothing. It causes internal bleeding and shut down of internal organs. Death usually follows 1-2 days later.

Symptoms include fever, anorexia, paralysis and seizures. Some rabbits may not show any outward signs of the disease.

Vaccination can prevent both of these fatal diseases. We offer a combined vaccine that protects against both myxomatosis and VHD which can be given from five weeks of age. Yearly boosters are necessary to provide ongoing protection.

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