This is a viral infection spread by rabbit fleas ( and not therefore requiring direct contact with wild rabbits ) which, after an incubation period of 1 – 2 weeks, produces puffy swellings of the eyelids and genitalia, a discharge from the eyes and nose, blindness and pneumonia.
Recovery is extremely rare and it is kinder to euthanase the animal.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)
This viral disease spread by direct contact with infected rabbits and also indirectly via food, hands, insects, etc.
The signs of illness include bleeding, convulsions, coma and death. The incubation period is 12 hours to 3 days and it is usually fatal.
Both diseases are easily preventable by vaccination which can be from 6 weeks of age onwards,
and requires a booster injection annually. The new Myxo-RHD vaccine covers both diseases with a single injection, also allowing a convenient time for a thorough health check of your rabbit, and for you to ask for any advice about keeping your rabbit healthy.
The best time of year for vaccination would be May/June, giving the best protection over the summer months when Myxomatosis is at its highest risk. In very high risk groups or regions, we suggest vaccination twice yearly.