We believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and just like dogs and cats, rabbits also need vaccinations against infectious diseases they are at risk from.
This also provides a valuable opportunity for your rabbit to have a health check with one of our vets.
The good news for rabbit owners is that there is a new vaccination on the market which combines a full 12 months’ protection against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) within a single injection.
This can be done any time from five weeks of age. Rabbits then require annual boosters to ensure that their immunity to disease stays strong.
Both diseases are killers and there is NO treatment for either of them
This fatal disease is spread by fleas, biting flies and direct contact with infected rabbits. This means that indoor rabbits are at risk as well as outdoor ones.
Causes discharge from the eyes and infected rabbits usually go off their food. Puffy swellings around the head, face and genitals develop and rabbits often succumb to pneumonia. They very rarely recover from the disease.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD1&2)
There are now two types of RVHD in the UK (VHD1 and VHD2) which we can vaccinate against. Most affected rabbits die rapidly without showing obvious clinical signs apart from a short period of dullness and lethargy.
These diseases are preventable with vaccination. For complete cover for your rabbit, we now offer and recommend an additional vaccine for VHD2.
This vaccine must be given at least two weeks apart from the standard annual vaccination for Myxomatosis and VHD1. Please ask in practice for more details.
If you have an older rabbit, it is not too late to start a vaccination programme and your vet can advise you on this. Older rabbits often have a weaker immune system so it is especially important to give them a helping hand and keep their boosters up to date.
Wow just wow…. We can’t thank the team enough.. having picked up our puppy on Sunday we had booked in to have his first injections
… anyway the day didn’t go as planned as puppy it turned out had a problem with his gut that needed an operation, medication and overnight stay… the most amazing team not only honest but so compassion ate and caring about us, the owners who hadn’t owned their puppy for 24 hours before having to go home without him… the phone call updates of progress and love shown by all the team to our tiny pup meant we had to wait to take him home as he was having goodbye cuddles with all the team… we can’t thank u enough for all you have done for our boy… now home, played out and snoozing.. . he’s spent more time with the team at penrose than he has had with us so far, thank you so much for everything we won’t ever forget all you have done xxx