We recommend vaccinating your rabbit against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (Strains 1 and 2). To cover against all these your rabbit will need two vaccines. Both diseases are highly contagious between the rabbit population however easily prevented.
Myxomatosis is a virus carried by biting insects and mosquitos and can be passed on without direct contact. The symptoms include puffy eyelids, conjunctivitis within the first 7 days and swelling will extend around the eyes, ears and genital regions after 7 days.In severe cases the rabbit may die from the virus.
Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (RVHD) is a highly infectious disease that can affect domestic and wild rabbits. RVHD 1, the classic RVHD, has been present in rabbits for decades and vaccinated again. A new strain of RVHD (RVHD2) was first noted in France in 2010. In the last 12 months, it has become an increasing concern regarding this new strain of RVHD in the UK with confirmed cases.
This new strain is less aggressive than RVHD 1 and symptoms may appear from 3 to 9 days post exposure. Symptoms can include high temperature, lethargy, sudden bleeding from areas (nose/mouth), reduced appetite and possible seizures. Even though this strain is less aggressive if not treated can cause death in severe cases.
Myxomatosis and RVHD 1 are prevented by the administration of a combined vaccination. It takes 3 weeks post vaccination for the rabbit to build immunity to the viruses. This vaccination will provide the rabbit with 1 year immunity to the viruses.
RVHD 2 is prevented by the administration of a separate vaccination. There must be a 2 week gap between the two vaccinations and will provide immunity to the RVHD 2 strain for 1 year.
The manufacturer of our rabbit vaccines is currently experiencing a temporary shortage in supply.
However, we have managed to source a multi-dose vaccine. This multi-dose vaccine needs to be used within 4 hours of opening and therefore we need to group rabbits requiring vaccines together.
We are holding a rabbit vaccination clinic at our Walnut Tree Hospital on:
• Saturday 17th June – morning appointments
Due to the inconvenience this may cause, we are offering a 25% DISCOUNT* on Myxomatosis vaccinations until supplies return to normal.
We are anticipating normal stock to resume from the start of July.
Please call 01908 397777 to book an appointment.
*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and can only be used on a Rabbit Vaccine Clinic date.