In Australia the only vaccine available to rabbits is against Calicivirus, otherwise known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. This disease causes internal bleeding which usually presents as sudden death in rabbits without any warning signs. New strains of VHD have recently been detected/released in Australia.
At Niddrie Veterinary Clinic we are currently recommending vaccinating kits from 10 weeks with 2 injections, 2-4 weeks apart. (Younger kits can be vaccinated monthly from 4 weeks in an outbreak.)
Following the two injections we are vaccinating pet rabbits once every year, but this advice may change to 6-monthly in the face of an outbreak or if you are breeding.
Vaccine reactions can happen as with all species, in rabbits the vaccine tends to create local inflammation, occasionally accompanied by hairloss in the vaccine area. These reactions are relatively rare however.
Call us to book your rabbit in for a vaccine!
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