In pet rabbits there are two main infectious diseases for which we have vaccinations. Both of these tend to be fatal in the majority of cases. So we do always recommend that pet rabbits are protected by vaccination.
The diseases are Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (which has 2 variants). For myxomatosis and VHD-1 there is a single combined vaccination which should be given once a year to provide protection. The main risk period for myxomatosis is summer and autumn so the best time to vaccinate is spring or early summer to provide maximum protection at the peak time. Over the past two years there have been increasing reports of a new variant of VHD, VHD-2 which is not covered by the combined vaccination. So to protect against this new variant we have a second vaccination which needs to be given every 6 months.
There are currently manufacturing problems with the combined vaccination but at Wangford Vets in conjunction with Catherine Thomas of Suffolk Exotic Vets we have managed to obtain a few multi-dose bottles so that we can offer rabbit vaccination clinics for our clients. Because of the storage conditions these bottles can protect upto 50 rabbits but it must all be used within 4 hours. So over the next few months we will be holding rabbit vaccination clinics on set dates. The first vaccination clinic will be held next Tuesday the 30th May between 11am and 3pm. If you would like to book you rabbit in please contact us on 01502 578999. If you can’t make this date you can still contact us and register your interest for future vaccination clinics.