Immunisation

rabbits vaccination

Diseases

We advise vaccinating rabbits against the following diseases:

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) – This is a viral disease which is transmitted directly from rabbit to rabbit. It can also be carried on clothes, footwear or bedding. It causes breathing difficulty, fever and convulsions, often with bleeding from the nose. This disease is often rapidly fatal.
  • Myxomatosis –  This is a viral disease which is nearly always fatal and causes severe swelling of the eyes, mouth and genitals. The infection develops rapidly and leaves the rabbit unable to eat within a few days. It is transmitted by fleas, and probably by mosquitoes.
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Disease 2 (RHDV-2) – Details as for VHD but is also potentially transmitted by insects and in the faeces of predators, e.g. foxes and crows. It is resistant to all but large temperature changes.

Immunity

Following vaccination, immunity lasts for one year against VHD and Myxomatosis. In “at risk” areas a 6 monthly booster protecting against RHDV-2 is advised. In low risk areas a yearly booster is deemed sufficient.

Vaccination Protocol

Primary course: Single injection of Myxo-RHD vaccine from five weeks old followed 2 weeks later by a single injection of Filavac VHD K C+V

Boosters:  Myxo-RHD boosters are given every 12 months and Filavac every 6-12 months dependent on local risk assessment.

 

WARNING FOR RABBIT OWNERS 13/06/2017

We have reached a positive diagnosis (confirmed by sequencing) of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus variant strain 2 (RHDV-2) infection in a population of pet rabbits from Middleton area of Oldham. The pet rabbits had been vaccinated against the classical RHDV-1.
RHDV (classical and type 2) is environmentally resistant and  transmitted readily through direct contact or via contaminated material (such as, urine and faeces of infected animals, contaminated  hay, straw, feeding bowls, and handlers’ clothing), the faeces of predators (foxes, crows) and can also be carried by insects. In addition, RHDV is resistant to all but large temperature changes; therefore, washing handlers’ clothes on low temperature washing machine cycles is not effective.”
Read more information on RHDV-2 here: http://rabbitwelfare.blogspot.co.uk/
We have stocks of both the required vaccines so please contact the surgery to make an appointment to have your rabbit vaccinated now!