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Rabbit Vaccination

July 27, 2017 | by Fiona Miller | Pets

Vaccinating rabbit is just as important as vaccinating cats and dogs. There are 2 main diseases we vaccinate rabbits against: Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD).

Myxomatosis is caused by a virus which is most commonly spread by fleas/biting flies but can also be spread by contaminated non-biting insects, bedding and food.

The main clinical signs of myxomatosis are:
• Swelling of the eyelids, lips and genitals
• Skin nodules
• High temperature
• Depression
• Death

There is no drug that works directly against the virus, so treatment is supportive and a large proportion of cases are fatal.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease) is also caused by a virus. There are 2 forms of the virus currently in the UK, a new form became known in 2010.
VHD is spread via direct contact between infected rabbits but can also be spread on contaminated objects such as food, bedding and clothing. It is highly contagious.

The main clinical signs are:
• Sudden death +/- bleeding from nose and other orifices
• Depression/lethargy
• High temperature
• Progressive deterioration leading to death

There is no drug to directly treat the virus and most rabbits die from the disease.

Vaccination of rabbits can prevent both of these diseases. It is important to vaccinate both indoor and outdoor rabbits because as you can see both diseases are not just spread by direct contact with other rabbits. There are 2 vaccinations, a mixed myxomatosis/VHD vaccine which covers the ‘classic’ strain of VHD, and a vaccine against the newer form of VHD (RHDV2). Both of these are given yearly to protect your rabbit. At the time of vaccination your rabbit will also have a complete health check with a vet to make sure there are no other issues.

Please book your rabbit in for vaccination today!  Contact one of our branches at Hook Norton , Charlbury or Deddington

Written by Fiona Miller

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