Rabbit Vaccination

Why Vaccinate my Rabbit?

Vaccination allows you rabbit to develop immunity to dangerous diseases. This protects them from contracting the diseases and so stops them becoming ill.

How do I get my Rabbit Vaccinated?

Your vet will examine your rabbit to check that it is healthy prior to vaccination. They will also advise you on which vaccinations are appropriate for your rabbit depending on its age, lifestyle and history.

How Often Does my Rabbit need Vaccinating?

A rabbit’s first vaccination should be given at about six to eight weeks, before this age the kitten is protected by its mother’s immunity, as long as the mother was herself vaccinated.

Rabbits then need vaccinating every year in most areas. Unfortunately the two vaccines that rabbits require cannot be administered together and should be given 14 days apart. In some areas where myxomatosis is particularly common rabbits should be vaccinated every six months, ask your vet for advice on the disease profile in your local area.

What Should my Rabbit be Vaccinated Against?

In the UK all rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Even rabbits kept indoors most of the time can be bitten by a mosquito or flea carrying this disease.

Myxomatosis Cause Myxoma Virus
Symptoms Swelling of the eyes, ears, face and genitals. Causes difficulty drinking and eating which is often followed by death.
How is it spread? By mosquitos and fleas
Which rabbits should be vaccinated? All rabbits.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) Cause Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus
Symptoms Sudden death.
How is it spread? Fleas and direct and indirect contact with infected rabbits.
Which rabbits should be vaccinated? All rabbits

Will it work?

No vaccine can be guaranteed to provide 100% protection. This is because the vaccine works by stimulating your rabbit’s immune system and if the immune system is not working properly for any reason, the vaccine will also not work properly. However, for the vast majority of rabbits vaccination will provide excellent protection against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.

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