5 Key Questions On Vaccinating Your Rabbits Answered By Lawn Vets Swindon
We are great believers in pro-active healthcare and preventative medicine.
For rabbits, as for all animals, vaccination is the no 1 top priority starting point.
1 – What Does Vaccination Protect My Rabbits Against?
Routine vaccination for rabbits provides protection against 2 life-threatening diseases which can be caught from unprotected rabbits and most commonly, from the general environment.
Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease – VHD – are the bad guys.
Myxomatosis is carried by wild rabbits and is transferred to domestic rabbits by fleas as well as infected rabbits. VHD is very infectious and can be caught from animals, insects and people as well as in the environment – even on the wind! It can cause very sudden death.
Both are really nasty, painful diseases, they are fatal and we still see unvaccinated rabbits succumbing to them. The heart-breaking fact is that they can so easily be prevented!
Please, just don’t let your pet rabbits die of these avoidable diseases.
2 – What Age Should My Rabbits Be Vaccinated?
Your rabbits should be vaccinated for Myxi at 6 weeks old and for VHD at 10 weeks.
There must be at least 2 weeks between the 2 vaccinations.
3 – What About Annual Boosters?
Once your rabbits have had their initial vaccination course, it is really important for them to have an annual booster vaccination, for the rest of their lives. For Myxi we recommend every 6 months.
It’s obviously just as vital to make sure they keep up their immunity, as older animals can succumb to these killer diseases just the same as babies.
In fact they are especially important for older animals. Elderly pets, like elderly people, are more likely to have a poor immune system.
4 – Do you live in the countryside?
In rural areas the risk of catching Myxomatosis is much greater, so it is essential to have boosters every 6 months.
Please do discuss this with one of our vets or vet nurses if you’re not sure what’s best for your rabbits.
5 – How Do I Know If My New Rabbit Has Been Vaccinated?
Your rabbit should have a vaccination card, with a full record. If you get an older rabbit and it doesn’t have a card, then he or she almost certainly isn’t up to date with his or her vaccinations.
So always keep your rabbits’ vaccination cards somewhere safe.
If your pet rabbits aren’t up to date with their vaccinations, please do Call Us on 01793 644 422.
To find out more about all we offer here in Swindon, please do visit our Lawn Vets Services page.