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Should I vaccinate my rabbit?

Should I vaccinate my rabbit is a common question we get asked by rabbit owners on a daily basis. The simple answer is ‘Yes.’

Rabbits can and should be vaccinated against two common diseases: Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease. 

Myxomatosis is a viral infection, transmitted by fleas and biting flies, which causes swelling of the eyes, nose and genitals followed by gradual decline and death after 1-2 weeks from starvation and dehydration.

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is also caused by a virus, but is spread directly between rabbits and causes bleeding problems, liver failure and sudden death.  

If your rabbit contracts either of these diseases, the outcome is very poor indeed and recovery is unlikely. 

To avoid such diseases, rabbits can now be vaccinated against myxomatosis and RHD with a single combined vaccination. Couple this with regular flea treatment for all pets in the household, good cage husbandry and reduced contact with wild rabbit populations to keep the risks to an absolute minimum. And remember, indoor rabbits are susceptible to these diseases too so make sure you protect them also. 

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