Vaccinating your rabbit is important to ensure they thrive and stay happy and healthy. Find out more about rabbit vaccinations including what vaccinations are required and when.
What vaccinations do rabbits need?
To be fully protected, rabbits need to be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and both types of viral haemorrhagic disease (RHD1 and RHD2). This can now be done with a single injection. Historically there were separate vaccinations required, which was confusing for rabbit owners.
What is the new vaccination for rabbits?
Until recently, in order to ensure that your rabbit was protected from both myxomatosis and both strains of RHD, they would have been given two separate vaccinations.
A new vaccination called Myxo RHD PLUS is now available and is a combined vaccine for all three of these potentially fatal diseases. This means that your rabbit only needs a single vaccination to be fully protected.
How often do rabbits need to be vaccinated?
The introduction of the new vaccine has caused some confusion for rabbit owners. We recommend that rabbits are regularly vaccinated and this can be done from five weeks of age.
If your rabbit has not been vaccinated in the last 12 months, then you should contact your vet and discuss vaccinations as quickly as possible.
If your rabbit has had a single vaccination some time ago, they may not be protected from myxomatosis and both strains of RHD. Since these diseases can be fatal for rabbits, it’s worth checking with your vet as soon as possible.
If your rabbit has always been regularly vaccinated and is up to date with their vaccinations against myxomatosis and both strains of RHD; the combination of these two vaccines will mean that your rabbit has adequate protection. You will be offered the new vaccination at your next vaccination appointment.
What does the Myxo RHD PLUS vaccination cover?
If your rabbit is vaccinated and you would like to know more about the new Myxo RHD PLUS vaccination, your vet will be happy to discuss this with you.
Please contact your vet with any questions that you have around rabbit vaccinations.
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