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Avoid rabbit disease in Hampshire

Vaccination is just as important for rabbits as it is for cats and dogs, as they’re equally at risk from unpleasant diseases that can spread fast through local animal populations.

At Strathmore Veterinary Clinic, we like to make pet owners aware of how they can help protect their pets from important risks which for rabbits are chiefly, myxomatosis (myxo) and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD).

Thankfully, both are preventable if you take the right precautions. We offer health checks for rabbits in Andover and surrounding areas; and can vaccinate your rabbit quickly and easily. Just ask us if you’d like to know more.

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Don’t risk your rabbit

You may think it’s unlikely your rabbit will become infected, but it’s not sensible to leave it to chance. If your rabbit develops myxo or VHD, treatment is rarely successful and both diseases can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering.

Keeping your rabbit confined won’t necessarily avoid the problem. Viruses can be spread in the air via insects and also on your clothes when you return home. Vaccination is therefore the only way to make your rabbit truly safe.

Key facts about myxomatosis:

  • Myxo is spread by blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes and rabbit fleas.
  • It also spreads via close contact with other rabbits.
  • Symptoms include swelling around the eyes, face, ears and genitals.
  • It rapidly progresses to severe conjunctivitis, causing blindness and thick discharge from the eyes and nose.
  • Death usually occurs within 21 days of infection.
  • Sometimes nodular myxo can occur, which is less severe and sometimes treatable – but recovery can be lengthy. It’s characterised by lumps all over a rabbit’s body.

Key facts about viral haemorrhagic disease:

  • VHD is highly contagious and can spread indirectly through hutches, feeding and water containers and other objects, as well as direct contact with an infected rabbit.
  • Symptoms include fever, exhaustion, loss of appetite and bloody diarrhoea, progressing to breathing difficulties, seizures and a bloody discharge from the mouth.
  • Death is often sudden.

The good news is that it’s very simple to protect your rabbit. We can vaccinate a rabbit as young as five weeks of age, followed by a booster injection just once each year.

Vaccinate your rabbit now

If you’d like to know more about the cost of vaccinating a rabbit or any other information, please get in touch on 01264 352323 to ask our advice. Our head vet Simon is always happy to discuss options and affordable treatment plans.

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