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Why I should vaccinate my rabbit?

Vaccinations are essential to protect your pet rabbit against the following diseases:

Myxomatosis

This is a disease that’s very widespread among wild rabbits, but also cause for concern among domesticated rabbits. It spreads very quickly and there is no effective treatment.

The virus is carried by rabbit fleas and mosquitos, so it can be passed very easily without direct contact. Early signs of the disease include puffy eyelids and a purulent pus, producing conjunctivitis. Swelling occurs under the eyes, ears and in the genital region. In some milder cases, lumps may appear over the ears, head and body. With intensive nursing, it’s possible for rabbits to survive, but it may take several months to return to normal.

Rabbits need to be vaccinated every 12 months to maintain protection against this disease.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a very nasty and untreatable disease that causes multiple bleeding of internal organs and sometimes skin. It results in sudden death, following the rabbit being quiet for a few hours or days.

VHD is caused by a calicivirus and although the incubation period is up to 3 days, animals may die suddenly without any clinical signs. If there are signs, they include anorexia, fever, apathy and prostration. There may be convulsions, coma, difficulty breathing, foaming at the mouth or a bloody nasal discharge.

Due to the horrendous nature of this disease, we recommend that every pet rabbit is vaccinated annually.