Rabbits are popular pets but can be complex little creatures to care for. They need protecting against two deadly diseases – myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD).
Rabbits can get very stressed when being transported to the veterinary clinic, so a home visit is an ideal way for them to be checked and protected. Oreo and Quentin pictured here got back to their normal activities very quickly after their injections.
The initial vaccination is against myxomatosis and RHD strain 1 and can be given as early as 5 weeks of age. The second vaccination is against the second, newer, strain of RHD. There needs to be at least a 2 week gap between these two vaccinations.
Myxomatosis causes swelling of the eyes, nose and genitals with thick discharge which causes breathing problems. It is almost always fatal. It is transmitted via flea and mosquito bites.
RHD causes bleeding internally and small blood clots can form inside the blood vessels. It can be extremely painful and is usually fatal. It is transmitted via direct contact with infected rabbits, contact with contaminated food, bedding or clothing or, in some cases, insect bites.
Vaccination is the only way to protect your rabbits against these diseases. Contact me today to book an appointment.