Did you know that June 1st – 9th is Rabbit Awareness Week? This year, the topic being highlighted as part of the week-long campaign is R-VHD2. Unfortunately, Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease-2 is on the rise, so it’s really important to ensure your rabbit is vaccinated against it, says our head vet, Alun Edwards, who explains more about the disease and the vaccine here.
If your rabbit is not vaccinated you can make an appointment to bring it to Worcestershire to make sure it’s covered. Simply contact us to book a date.
There are two strains of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, known as RVHD1 and RVHD2, and vaccination is required for each of them. There is no cure for the disease, which is spread by myriad means, including contact between rabbits, insect bites, and even being carried on the soles of shoes. Because it is so easily spread even house rabbits aren’t immune.
- Respiratory difficulty
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding from the nose or mouth
The disease is untreatable and almost always fatal – sometimes within hours – as it causes internal bleeding in major organs, so it’s vital that your pet is protected.
Rabbits can be vaccinated from the age of five weeks and the jabs must be done annually.
You can also help to protect your pet by avoiding contact with other rabbits when you’re out and about, making sure your rabbit is nowhere near any wild cousins, and putting on fresh clothing after going out and before interacting with your pet.
If you have any more questions about RVHD don’t hesitate to get in touch and a member of the team will be happy to help.
If you need to get your rabbit vaccinated simply book an appointment using our Connect with a Vet form and put your mind at rest.