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Just one vaccination and follow-up annual boosters can protect your rabbit from the deadliest diseases. Have you booked yours?

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Our advice

Don’t risk your rabbit

You may think it’s unlikely your rabbit will become infected, but it’s not sensible to leave it to chance. If your rabbit develops myxo or VHD, treatment is rarely successful and both diseases can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering.

Keeping your rabbit confined won’t necessarily avoid the problem. Viruses can be spread in the air via insects and also on your clothes when you return home. Vaccination is therefore the only way to make your rabbit truly safe.

Key facts about myxomatosis
  • Myxo is spread by blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes and rabbit fleas.
  • It also spreads via close contact with other rabbits.
  • Symptoms include swelling around the eyes, face, ears and genitals.
  • It rapidly progresses to severe conjunctivitis, causing blindness and thick discharge from the eyes and nose.
  • Death usually occurs within 21 days of infection.
  • Sometimes nodular myxo can occur, which is less severe and sometimes treatable – but recovery can be lengthy. It’s characterised by lumps all over a rabbit’s body.
Key facts about viral hemorrhagic disease

VHD is highly contagious and can spread indirectly through hutches, feeding and water containers and other objects, as well as direct contact with an infected rabbit.

Symptoms include fever, exhaustion, loss of appetite and bloody diarrhoea, progressing to breathing difficulties, seizures and a bloody discharge from the mouth.

Death is often sudden.

It's very simple to protect your rabbit

The good news is that it’s very simple to protect your rabbit. We can vaccinate a rabbit as young as five weeks of age, followed by a booster injection just once each year.

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