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Importance of Vaccinating your Rabbit


Many rabbit owners have heard of the disease Myxomatosis, which is caused

by a virus carried by insects including flies, mosquitos and fleas.

Myxomatosis causes severe illness with swellings to various parts of the

rabbit's body and is usually fatal. Fortunately, a vaccine is available for this

disease, and can be given to your rabbit at an annual veterinary health check

visit. The vaccine is called Nobivac Myxomatosis-RHD1 vaccine. This is

because it is combined with a vaccine for another serious disease called

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD)


Unfortunately, RHD virus has mutated (changed) during the last few years,

and we now need to protect rabbits against a new deadly strain of RHD called

RHD2 as well as the original RHD1. The vaccine for this is called Filavac, and

is given annually for most rabbits. Filavac is an imported European vaccine,

and is unlicensed in the UK, but can be used with informed, signed consent.

It has already been used routinely in our Practice for several years. The

vaccine cannot be given at the same time as Nobivac Myxo-RHD1 vaccine,

and is usually given 2 weeks later. Our vets will answer any questions you

may have about rabbit vaccinations.


As we feel it is important to vaccinate rabbits regularly, we are now offering a

course of Nobivac Myxo-RHD1 and then Filavac RHD2 vaccine from 2 weeks

later, at a discounted price. Clients can still have the vaccines given

separately if they prefer.


Please contact our Morley hospital, or any of our

branches for further information, or to book an appointment for your rabbit.

This includes a full health check, including a dental check for your pet.

If your rabbit is already regularly vaccinated for these diseases, but the

separate vaccines have been given at different times of year, please make an

appointment when the next vaccination is due, and our vet will advise you



We offer a full course of vaccinations at a discounted rate of £59.99. This includes the two vaccinations at least two weeks apart. The first covers Myxo and RHD1 and the second RHD2. These should be repeated every 12 months.


Separately they cost - Myxo/RHD1 £42.99 or RHD2 £40.99.

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