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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD-2)

Rabbit Disease
16/08/2016 Parkvets

UK’S RABBITS ARE AT RISK FROM A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE

PROTECT YOUR PET WITH THE ‘FILIVAC’ VACCINE

August 2016

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Recently you may have heard of a new disease affecting rabbits. This is a virus called Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RHVD 2) that has recently been detected in the UK, though has been known about in Europe for many years.

This disease can affect rabbits of any age and has a few symptoms; high fever, internal bleeding, liver disease however it is almost always fatal. The mutated version of the airborne disease was first diagnosed last year in Dawlish, Devon. This year there has been ten confirmed cases, with the latest earlier this year in June in Cheshire.

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How To Protect Your Rabbit

We encourage owners to organise immunisation through a vet to prevent and protect their rabbit against intense suffering from the disease.

The recommended vaccine ‘Filivac’ has to be imported from outside of the UK which means there is limited stock available within the practice. We encourage you to speak to us as soon as possible so that we can place you on our vaccine waiting list.

If your rabbit is under 10 weeks of age it will require 2 injections 6 weeks apart, otherwise it is just one injection and an annual booster. If your rabbit is already vaccinated against Myxomatosis and RVHD 1 then this does not confer immunity to RVHD 2, meaning they require both vaccinations.

Alongside vaccinating your pet, we also recommend that you regularly change their bedding/litter and disinfect the rabbits’ enclosure/area, using rabbit-safe disinfectant.

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