In the last two weeks we have had two confirmed cases of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease in rabbits in the Derby area and we feel it is important to inform our clients of the possible risk to their pets.
VHD typically affects adult rabbits and it is a highly infectious disease that infects wild and domestic rabbits. It is spread by direct contact with an infected rabbit or by contact with infected bedding, water or the environment, but it can also be spread by flies, fleas, birds and even on the wind and because it lives in the environment for up to 6 months infections can spread rapidly.
The incubation period in 1-3 days and death usually follows within 48 hours of the infection. Most rabbits show no signs other than sudden death and the mortality rate is 90%.
Vaccination is a successful way of protecting your rabbit against this life threatening virus and a single injection will provide protection for a year. So if your rabbit isn’t vaccinated or you think it is overdue then now is the time to make sure that they are protected.