Following a recent outbreak in the UK, we would ask that clients consider vaccinating their rabbits against RVHD2 (type-two rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease). This disease is highly contagious, carried by both wild and domesticated rabbits and it is often symptomless with no known cure.
Research is still ongoing however, it is thought that both strains of RVHD can be spread by direct contact with infected wild rabbits or indirectly with urine and faeces.
The viruses can survive for months and can easily be brought into your home on clothing and footwear, as well as into your gardens by plants, hay, other pets and wild animals.
To try to minimise the risk of your rabbit contracting RVHD2, we are advising owners to clean hutches, living areas, feed bowls and water bottles with disinfectant. We also ask that you are vigilant with washing your hands before handling different rabbits.
The RVHD2 vaccine can be given to rabbits any time from 30 days of age, with a booster following that every 6-12 months.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of our small animal practices to discuss RVHD, the different strains and actions to be taken with one of our vets.