RHD2 Vaccine - Does your rabbit need it?
What is RHD2?
As you may be aware, in recent years a new strain of the fatal RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease) has been identified in the UK – generally referred to as RHD2. Like RHD, RHD2 is extremely contagious and almost always fatal. Unfortunately, the current RHD vaccine is not thought to cover this new strain.
We are pleased to announce that there is now an authorised RHD2 vaccine in the UK, which we have available at White Cross Vets.
We suggest that all rabbit owners consider this vaccination in order to provide the most comprehensive protection for your bunny. Our vaccination includes a full health check by one of our vets.
Contact your local practice to book your bunny in for their vaccination.
The key facts about RHD2:
- Both indoor and outdoor rabbits are at risk of RHD2
- RHD2 is highly infectious and contagious
- RHD2 remains in the environment for long time
- It can be spread directly or indirectly, carried on clothing or via other pets who have walked on the ground where a rabbit infected with the virus has been
- The existing RHD vaccine is not thought to be protective against RHD2
- RHD2 is associated with severe internal bleeding and rapid death
- Although RHD1 and Myxomatosis remain the most significant health threats, RHD2 is recommended as part of your rabbit’s annual core protection
- Once contracted, RHD2 is usually fatal.
To book your rabbit in for their RHD2 vaccination contact your practice.
If you suspect your rabbit has RHD2, call us immediately.
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