Rabbit Owner information
RVHD-2 is a mutated strain of the original RVHD. (Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease)
RVHD-1 and the new strain RVHD-2 are viral diseases found throughout the UK and can be fatal to unvaccinated rabbits. Both outdoor AND indoor rabbits are at risk. RVHD, in particular, is highly infectious and contagious. It is an airborne virus and it can be spread by biting insects (as can Myxomatosis), it can also be spread by direct and indirect contact with infected rabbits.
To help prevent the spread of RVHD, RVHD-2 & Myxomatosis, it is important to get your rabbits vaccinated!
Please contact us to arrange a vaccination appointment if you have not already done so.
Clean your rabbit's cage regularly with a reputable disinfectant, clean your hands before and after contact with your rabbit and protect your rabbit against flying and biting insects. We strongly advise against taking your Rabbits to any shows until they are fully vaccinated.
Rabbits infected with the RVHD-2 virus typically DO NOT show the symptoms that are common with the original RVHD virus so it is far more difficult to diagnose from simple observation.
Please take your Rabbit to their Vet if they are suffering from the following symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Dr Richard Hatton BVSc MRCVS, Harrier Vets Practice Principal says 'I am encouraging all of our Rabbit owners to get their Rabbits vaccinated in order to prevent diseases such RVHD-1, RVHD-2 & Myxomatosis taking hold. The RVHD-2 Filavac vaccine is not widely available in the local area. The vaccine lasts for up to 12 months, but I would recommend for rabbits that live outdoors, attend shows or have previously been rescuing rabbits, to have a booster of the vaccine every six months'
The Filavac RVHD-2 Vaccination can be administered to Rabbits over 10 weeks of age.
Please call us for further information on 02380 454279