What does my rabbit need vaccinating against?
Myxomatosis is an almost always fatal and highly infectious virus. It is transmitted via fleas, mosquitoes and close contact with an already infected rabbit. Myxomatosis kills many wild rabbits, as well as pet rabbits, every year. Whether your rabbit it indoors or outdoors, myxomatosis is still a big threat and your rabbit needs vaccinating! The main warning signs of myxomatosis are: conjunctivitis, red swollen eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite and a fever.
Vaccinate using: Nobivac, repeat annually
Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD)
RVHD (also known as RHD, VHD, RHD-1, VHD-1) is even more contagious than myxomatosis and the survival rate is even lower! RVHD is often difficult to spot as it kills rabbits very suddenly, without much warning. However, some of the warning signs are: a fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, seizures and blood-stained discharge from the nose/mouth - the latter of which is due to RVHD causing bleeding of the internal organs. RVHD is so contagious that it can be spread by humans, insects, rodents and birds and also through direct contact with an infected rabbit, its urine or its toys/bedding/bowls.
Vaccinate using: Nobivac or Filavac, repeat annually
Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RVHD-2)
RVHD-2 (also known as RHD-2, VHD-2) is a relatively new strain of the original RVHD and, due to the differences between the two, the vaccination for RVHD does not cover RVHD-2. However, RVHD-2 is similar to RVHD in that it causes severe internal bleeding and sudden death. It can also remain active in the environment for a long time and is normally fatal.
Vaccinate using: Filavac or Eravac, repeat every 6-12 months depending on risk in your area