Rabbit Vaccinations

Vaccinating your rabbit

Vaccination provides protection against life-threatening diseases which in the rabbit are:

  • Myxomatosis
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Unfortunately we still see rabbits that have these diseases, although preventable through vaccination. The Myxomatosis Vaccination is given from 6 weeks of age, and then a 6 monthly booster is advised. The Viral Haemorrhagic Disease Vaccination is given from 10 weeks of age and then a yearly booster.

Unfortunately the vaccinations cannot be given at the same time, as there has to be a gap of at least 2 weeks between vaccination against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease and Myxomatosis.

 

Myxomatosis

Myxomatosis is a deadly disease seen in both wild and pet rabbits. It starts with conjunctivitis, and then rabbits getting swellings on the head and genital area. Affected rabbits get weak and eventually die. It can be passed by flies and fleas that have been in contact with an infected rabbit as well as direct contact with an infected rabbit.

Vaccination is the best way to provide your rabbit with protection, so that if they do come into contact with the disease they are more likely to survive.

 

Viral haemorrhagic disease

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is fatal, with death occurring within 48 hours. The virus causes major internal bleeding. Some rabbits may have bleeding from the nose or back passage, but quite often the rabbit will die with no outward signs.

The virus is easily transmitted and can survive in the environment for months. It can be passed on through direct contact with an infected rabbit or through indirect contact on other animals, insects, and owners, on the wind or from untreated hay.

Vaccination is the best way to provide your rabbit with protection, so that if they do come into contact with the disease they are more likely to survive.

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