Rabbits are the fastest growing pet population in the UK and as a result there has been a lot of progress over recent years in our knowledge on how to treat and prevent various diseases.
Rabbits should be vaccinated against two diseases - Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease strain 1 and 2 (RVHD 1 & 2). Both Myxomatosis and RVHD 1 & 2 can be fatal. Pet rabbits do not need direct contact with wild rabbits to contract either of these viruses since biting flies and fleas can act as vectors. Vaccination, therefore, is the only way to protect your pet rabbit. Rabbits can receive their primary vaccination from 5 weeks of age.
This is given as two injections two weeks apart to provide protection against both diseases. We recommend annual booster vaccinations to maintain this cover. At vaccination, your rabbit will be given a complete health check by the veterinary surgeon and this also gives you the opportunity to discuss any problems you may have encountered with your pet.