Should I vaccinate my rabbit?

March 21, 2024

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Rabbits can be great companions, but like all pets, they are susceptible to certain diseases that can impact their wellbeing. Fortunately we can vaccinate against many of these conditions, and vaccination is the most effective way to protect your furry friend.

In this article, we’ll explore the significance of rabbit vaccination, the common diseases that pose a risk, and why it’s essential to book a rabbit vaccination appointment with our veterinary practice in right away if your rabbit is overdue or currently unvaccinated.

Why vaccinate your rabbit

The team at Clarendon Street Vets wholeheartedly agree that rabbit vaccinations are a vital aspect of responsible ownership. The benefits of vaccination include

  • Disease Prevention: Vaccination helps protect rabbits from infectious diseases that can be challenging and often impossible to treat once contracted.
  • Longevity & Quality of Life: By preventing diseases, rabbit vaccinations contribute to a longer and healthier life for your rabbit.
  • Community Health: Vaccinating your rabbit not only safeguards their health but also helps prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your rabbit is protected against common diseases brings peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your pet without unnecessary worry.
  • Cost Effective: Vaccinations are also the most cost-effective approach to your rabbit’s healthcare as disease prevention often costs less than treating illnesses and their potential complications.

Common rabbit diseases & vaccination guidelines

There are two diseases against which rabbits can be vaccinated. Even if your rabbit does not meet any other rabbits they can still contract both of these diseases so vaccination is crucial.

Myxomatosis:

Myxomatosis is a viral disease transmitted by fleas and mosquitoes. It causes swelling and discharge around the eyes, nose, and genitals, leading to severe suffering and usually death. Vaccination against myxomatosis is essential for all pet rabbits.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD):

RVHD is a highly contagious and often fatal viral infection that affects the liver and other organs. Its progression can be very rapid. There are two strains of RVHD – RVHD1 and RVHD2. Vaccination against both strains is recommended to ensure comprehensive protection.


When to vaccinate your rabbit

  • Initial Vaccination: Rabbits are typically vaccinated against myxomatosis and RVHD from around 5-6 weeks of age.
  • Booster Vaccinations: After the initial vaccination, rabbits require regular booster shots to maintain immunity. Booster schedules may vary, so ask our Cambridge team to help you ensure your rabbit stays up-to-date with vaccinations.

If you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health or questions about the diseases that could affect them, please contact us for more information.

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