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Doug Hall, owner of Cape Veterinary ClinicA young brown puppy.

Rabbit vaccinations

Vaccination can help protect your bunny from two potentially fatal diseases.

Myxomatosis is perhaps the more well-known of these two diseases. The disease starts with conjunctivitis, progressing to cause swellings around the face and genital area. Rabbits become steadily weaker, blind and eventually die. The disease is almost always fatal and most vets advise euthanasia once it has been diagnosed. The disease is carried by fleas and mosquitoes that have previously bitten an infected rabbit. Therefore all pet rabbits are at risk, especially those living or spending time outdoors.

Vaccination is the only way to take steps to protect your bunny. They can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age. We give a single primary vaccination and recommend booster vaccinations every year.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a relatively new disease in the UK. It causes rapid death, within a couple of days. It is a virus that causes internal bleeding or sudden death.

Many cases are never diagnosed because the disease is so rapid and, in many cases, there are no apparent symptoms. VHD is contracted through direct contact with infected rabbits or by urine and faeces. VHD can survive on clothes, feet, hay or even in the wind meaning it is relatively easy to expose your bunny.

We vaccinate rabbits from 12 weeks of age and they require a yearly booster.