HEALTH

Vaccines for rabbits

Julie Lambert Author blog dwarf rabbit

Julie Lambert, Paris, France

September 25, 2020

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Vaccination is essential to ensure the good health of your rabbit. Indeed, two very serious and often fatal diseases can affect rabbits. These diseases are myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease or VHD. The only existing means of prevention is the vaccine, which must be renewed every year.

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Vaccination booklet for rabbits.

Photographed by Vincent Ribet.

01 – Myxomatosis

Myxomatosis is a common disease that can be fatal for rabbits. It is transmitted by insect, tick or flea bites, usually in early spring, but can also be passed from rabbit to rabbit. Death occurs very quickly after a rise in temperature, loss of appetite and eye symptoms. Vaccination can only be done from 6 weeks onwards.

02 – Haemorrhagic viral disease

The haemorrhagic viral disease of rabbits is systematically fatal. There is no treatment and death occurs within 24 to 48 hours. Moreover, this disease is highly contagious.

03 – The vaccine

There are many vaccines available to combat these diseases. The most common is the Nobivac Myxo-RHD + vaccine, which is a unique vaccine to be given once a year and protects against both diseases. For more information, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian.

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