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What is RHD or Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease?

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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) sometimes called Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a highly infectious viral condition that is often fatal in both pet and wild rabbits.

We are able to offer a vaccination against this new virus. The manufacturer recommends a single injection of the vaccine from 10 weeks old then a booster vaccination every 6-12 months, depending on the risk.

Rabbits at low to moderate risk (eg pet rabbits with little or no exposure to wild rabbits) should be vaccinated every 12 months. Higher risk rabbits (rescue centres, show rabbits and pet rabbits with exposure to wild rabbits) should be vaccinated every 6 months.

It is recommended that there should be a minimum two week interval between the original Nobivac RHD-Myxo vaccine and this new vaccine. (Both are necessary to maintain protection against both strains of RHD and against Myxomatosis.)

The Rabbit Welfare Association which has their own specialist vet has advised that pet rabbits should be vaccinated. The main reported side effect is a transient lump at the site of injection.

Please give us a call if you’d like to book your rabbit in to receive this protection or if you’d like to discuss the disease and the vaccination with a Vet.