Preventative Medicine

In Rabbits

Vaccinations

We strongly advise that you have your rabbit vaccinated against Calicivirus (RHDV1) which causes fatal blood clots in the internal organs. This virus is released sporadically by the government to control wild rabbit populations. Your pet rabbit is therefore at risk. As the existing released strain is no longer as effective as it used to be in controlling wild rabbits, the government will be releasing a more effective strain, called K5, in Autumn 2017. A trial study has shown the current vaccine to be effective against this strain but recent advice is that we should increase rabbit vaccination frequency to twice yearly. see Rob's blog article Read more

You may have read about the RHDV2 virus. This is a recently discovered virus not related to RHDV1 other than the clinical signs it produces in affected rabbits. At this stage it is confined to the ACT and surrounding areas. As such the current vaccine will not be effective against RVHDV2
Unfortunately in Australia we cannot vaccinate rabbits against Myxomatosis, but it is not so commonly seem these days.
Both Calicivirus and Myxomatosis are spread by mosquitoes so it is important to ensure your rabbits enclosure is insect proof

Parasite Prevention

Rabbits are just as prone to internal and external parasites as cats and dogs
Parasites include roundworm, tapeworm, fleas, mites, lice and flies
We strongly advise that your rabbit is brought in annually for a health check
The only products that are safe to use on your rabbit to combat fleas, mites, lice and flies are Advantage and Revolution

De-sexing

Litters of bunnies can be up to 10 strong - they really are prolific breeders
Rabbits are capable of breeding from 6mths of age therefore we recommend that you have your rabbit de-sexed between 4 and 6mths of age
De-sexing of male rabbits also makes them less prone to fighting and therefore injuries