Vaccinate against Rabbit Calicivirus
Protect your pet rabbit again Rabbit Calcivirus (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease)
All rabbits living in or close to rural areas should receive a vaccination against this disease.
The Rabbit Calcivirus is a viral disease that is spread by rabbit to rabbit contact and also through biting insects (mosquitoes or midges) or by inhaling particles of the virus. Clinical signs to watch for are fever, depression, weight loss, diarrhoea and bleeding from nose or ears. Unfortunately death occurs in nearly 100% of cases.
Calicivirus does exist in the wild rabbit population, and it is a virus that can remain in the environment for a long period of time, so if you live in a semi-rural or rural environment, there is an increased risk from wild rabbits that may be affected.
We do the vaccinations in groups so if you are interested please contact your local Franklin Vets clinic to be added to the list.
- Rabbits less than 12 weeks of age require two vaccinations three weeks apart.
- Rabbits older than 12 weeks of age require a single shot.
- Annual re-vaccination is recommended in rabbits that are at high risk ie. living in rural areas.
- All rabbits receive a full health check prior to vaccination.