Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD).
Myxomatosis starts with runny eyes and swollen genitals and progresses to very sore conjunctivitis, swellings on the head and body, pus discharging from the eyes and nose, and death. Myxomatosis is spread by biting insects, so rabbits that live outside are most at risk although house rabbits have been known to contract the disease as well. Therefore vaccination is recommended in all rabbits. A vaccinated rabbit can still catch Myxomatosis but the illness will be much less severe and usually treatable.
RHD causes severe internal bleeding and death. Infected rabbits may show high fever, convulsions, and bleeding from the nose, mouth, or bottom. But many infected rabbits will die before any signs are noticed. Vaccination is very effective.
- Young bunnies can have their first vaccination from 5 weeks of age.
- Adult rabbits require yearly booster vaccinations.
- Puppies can go out for walks one week after their second injection.
- Adult dogs require a booster vaccination every year.
Do house rabbits need to be vaccinated?
Vaccinations are essential for providing your rabbit with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD 1 and 2) and myxomatosis.
How often do rabbits need to be vaccinated?
We recommend that rabbits are vaccinated every 12 months to protect them against potentially fatal diseases.
Do rabbits need to go to the vet?
To ensure your rabbit is kept happy and healthy, we recommend annual check-ups, as well as consults if you’re worried about your rabbit’s health. Rabbits are vulnerable to infectious diseases and illnesses one example is dental disease, which can cause a wide range of problems for your pet. We would advise you on vaccinations as well as external and internal parasite prevention.