Your rabbit can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age, with annual vaccination required thereafter for the life of your pet. Vaccination against Myxomatosis and VHD is given as a combination.
What diseases can we vaccinate rabbits against?
This is a viral disease that is spread rabbit-to-rabbit via biting insects, usually fleas or mosquitoes. Infected rabbits become depressed, develop a high temperature and stop eating. The disease is characterised by swellings and sticky discharges around the eyes, nose and genital regions; other swellings are found on the skin. Secondary respiratory infection is common. Treatment is rarely successful and affected rabbits suffer a great deal. There is also a much less common dry form of the condition that presents with mild lethargy and lumpy lesions on the skin – these cases can be successfully treated. Remember that flying insects may bite even house rabbits – so all rabbits are at risk.
Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)
This disease progresses quickly and is rapidly fatal. Often the first sign is a dead rabbit. Otherwise, affected animals may be depressed, collapsed and/or have bloody diarrhoea. The disease is spread via direct contact with infected rabbits or via contaminated items that have been in contact with diseased animals such as food/water bowls, bedding, clothes, shoes…