Alun is keen to remind all rabbit owners that vaccinations are the only viable protection for your rabbits against killers like Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD).
How are Myxomatosis and RVHD contracted?
Despite the common misconception, domestic pets do not need to be in contact with wild rabbits to catch Myxomatosis or RVHD. Myxomatosis is passed through fleas, mosquitos, midges, and mites, whilst RVHD can be carried in feed, on bedding, by wild birds and insects, and on the shoes of rabbit owners who have been walking in an infected area. Both diseases spread quickly once in a population of rabbits.
What are the symptoms of Myxomatosis and RVHD?
Symptoms of Myxomatosis include nasal and eye discharge, eye inflammation leading to blindness, swelling, redness/ulcers, problems breathing, appetite loss, and lethargy. Symptoms of R-VHD include respiratory distress, fever, appetite loss, lethargy, convulsions, paralysis, and bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears, or anus before death. If you see any of these symptoms, you should call us immediately. However, in many cases, sudden death occurs before any clinical signs.
There are two strains: RVHD-1 and RVHD-2, the difference being that the latter can develop slower in some cases, with symptoms, which may also include weight loss and jaundice due to liver disease, showing for longer.