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Rabbit advice: vaccinating your pet

Protect your rabbit against some of the most dangerous diseases

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Get protected

There are two very nasty infectious diseases that threaten pet rabbits, but fortunately your bunny can be protected against them. All you need to do is get your rabbit vaccinated, and then make sure the protection is topped up with an annual booster vaccination. It’s easy to arrange at Vets4Pets, and even gives us a chance to check your rabbit’s general health.


Myxomatosis is a highly infectious and potentially fatal virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes, fleas or by close contact between an infected rabbit.

Myxomatosis is a horrible disease that can cause immense and drawn out suffering to your bunny. The key signs that your rabbit is suffering from it includes red, swollen eyes, conjunctivitis, high fever, loss of appetite, and may become lethargic.

Survival of Myxomatosis in a rabbit that has not been vaccinated is very unusual. Only supportive care such as fluids and antibiotics can be provided to help ease the pain and discomfort. Whilst there is a very small chance that a vaccinated rabbit can still develop myxomatosis the disease is far less severe and in most instances can be treated.

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease

This disease is extremely contagious and sadly once infected it is almost always fatal. RHD escalates usually within 1-3 days of contracting the disease.

Signs are often difficult to detect as RHD causes bleeding to the internal organs of the rabbit which ultimately leads to haemorrhage. The liver and kidneys are often the first organs to be affected followed by the intestines and trachea. If signs do present themselves you may notice a fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty breathing, blood stained discharge from the nose or mouth or convulsions.

RHD is difficult to kill and can remain active in the environment for many months. It can be transmitted through both direct and indirect contact. Transmission is quick and does not require prolonged contact, an infected rabbit can pass the virus directly to another by nose to nose contact or via food bowls and bedding.

The right time

Vaccination is one of our most common duties at Vets4Pets, so if you’re wondering whether your rabbit is ready, just get in touch. As a general rule, your rabbit can be vaccinated once it’s five weeks old, with immunity taking three weeks to develop. Your pet will then need an annual booster jab to maintain protection.
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