Protect your rabbit against RVHD with Cat & Rabbit Clinic

Unfortunately rabbit viral  haemorrhagic disease 2 is on the rise, so it’s really important to  ensure your rabbit is vaccinated against it, says our head vet, Simon  Maddock, who explains more about the disease and the vaccine here.


If your rabbit is not vaccinated you can make an appointment to  bring it in to Northampton to make sure it’s covered. Simply contact us to find out how to arrange an appointment.


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There are two strains of rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease, known as  RVHD1 and 2, and a vaccination is required for each of them. There is  no cure for the disease, which is spread by myriad means, including  contact between rabbits, insect bites, and even being carried on the  soles of shoes. Because it is so easily spread even house rabbits aren’t  immune.


Symptoms include:


  • Lethargy

  • Fever

  • Respiratory difficulty

  • Loss of appetite

  • Spasms

  • Bleeding from the nose or mouth


The disease is un-treatable and almost always fatal – sometimes  within hours – as it causes internal bleeding in major organs, so it’s  vital that your pet is protected.


Rabbits can be vaccinated from the age of five weeks and the jabs must be done annually.


You can also help to protect your pet by avoiding contact with other  rabbits when you’re out and about, making sure your rabbit is nowhere  near any wild cousins, and putting on fresh clothing after going out and  before interacting with your pet.


If you have any more questions about RVHD don’t hesitate to call us  on 01604 478888 and a member of the team will be happy to help.


As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are continually reviewing the  provision of our services. If you need to get your rabbit vaccinated  simply book an appointment with one of our vets and put your mind at rest.


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