** WE NOW HAVE THE RHDV2 RABBIT VACCINE IN STOCK **
Over the past 12 months or so there has been an increasing concern regarding a new variant strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHDV 2) which has now been confirmed in the UK.
With thanks to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) Scott Veterinary Clinic has been able to apply for an import license and import some vaccines for this new strain.
Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease vaccinations are highly recommended to protect your rabbit from these diseases. We recommend continuing to vaccinate your rabbit against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhage Disease as well as vaccinate against the new variant of Rabbit Haemorrhage Disease.
What is Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease?
Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is one of two diseases that we commonly vaccinate rabbits against in the UK. VHD is a very contagious virus which can be potentially fatal within 48 hours of rabbits coming into contact with the disease.
Unfortunately, it has been brought to our attention that a NEW strain of this disease, VHD2, is now becoming evident in the UK.
Rabbit VHD2 has been present in the UK for the last two years, but has only recently been suspected of causing disease.
VHD2 is a LESS aggressive form of classical VHD. Clinical signs may appear 3-9 days after exposure and may present as the following:
– Reduced appetite
– Lethargy (increased tiredness)
– High temperature
– Sudden bleeding from areas such as the nose or mouth.
– Unfortunately, even though VHD2 is less aggressive, sudden death may still occur.
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
– Rabbit VHD2 is spread in the same ways as classical VHD; via insects, direct contact with infected rabbits or contact with objects/people contaminated with the virus.
HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
– Good awareness of the disease and hygiene help reduce the risk of exposure!
– There is also a brand NEW rabbit vaccine, Filavac, which has been specifically created to vaccinate against Rabbit VHD2.
HOW DOES THE NEW VACCINE WORK?
– This vaccine would be in addition to your rabbit’s normal annual vaccination (for classical VHD and myxomatosis) and they have to be given 2 weeks apart.
– Filavac is a single vaccination given annually (every 6 months if high risk).
Rabbit VHD2 is a new, up-and-coming disease and the current risk posed to pet rabbits has not yet been confirmed; however, it has been suggested, that with the UK’s large wild rabbit population, the risk will only increase over the next few years.