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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease and Myxomatosis

Myxomatosis and RHD1 Vaccine

  • Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease are fatal viral diseases to rabbits only.
  • Myxi and RHD1 vaccines should be given annually. Please protect your bunnies. 

RHD2 Vaccine

We continue to stock a vaccine against RHD2 (Filavac VHD K C+V) although occasionally there are UK supply issues. 

In consultation with the RWAF we recommend that all rabbits are protected against RHD2 by vaccination every 6 months.

Please call 01525 373329

FAQs:

1) Does this replace my rabbit's previous vaccine

No. Rabbits will continue to need their original annual vaccination as the imported vaccine has no protection against Myxomatosis.

2) OK. Can i have the 2 vaccines on the same day?

No. Please note that the 2 vaccines cannot be given at the same time - there must be a minimum of a 2 week gap between them.

3) How old does my bunny need to be for vaccines? 

We recommend over 8 weeks for Myxomatosis and over 10 weeks for the RHD2 vaccine. Please talk to us if your bunny is younger than this.

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Please read this section for information on the new variant Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease

You may be aware that there has been an increase in the number of cases of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease new variant 2 (RHDV2)virus in the past year or so.

We are keeping an eye on the situation and will give new advice as we become aware of it.

This virus is less severe than the existing RHD (which causes sudden death in a high proportion of affected rabbits). Rabbits are more likely to survive infection with the RHDV2 strain, but it can still cause significant illness and can cause death.

This strain has been present in Western Europe for several years but has only been found in the UK in the past 2 years.  There is no UK licensed vaccine which will protect completely against RHDV2. We have imported a vaccine for use in UK rabbits.

If you notice any lethargy, weight loss or poor appetite in your rabbit please let us see them sooner rather than later. 

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