We advise vaccination against Myxomatosis and Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)
Caused by a type of pox virus which is spread by blood sucking insects. Symptoms are 'sleepy eyes' and puffy swellings around the head, face, anus and genitalia. Infected rabbits usually die within 12 days.
Virus spread between rabbits or by indirect contact i.e. clothing, shoes etc. Death from the disease is sudden, rabbits may die within 2 days.
A combined vaccine is now available. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 7 weeks of age and require a booster every year. There is an additional vaccine for rabbits now available that covers a new strain of viral haemorrhagic disease which has recently been identified in the UK. This vaccine unfortunately does not cover for Myxomatosis, but both vaccines can be given to rabbits as long as there is a two-week interval between injections. Please contact your local practice for further information.
Did you know, all routine vaccinations are covered under the Pet Health Club. Find out more here.
We recommend neutering for rabbits not intended for breeding, from 6 months. Neutering prevents unwanted litters, some cancers and behavioural problems.
As a member of the Pet Health Club you can receive 20% off neutering. Find out more here.