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Vaccinations for rabbits

Protect your rabbits against the myxomatosis virus!

Vaccination protection against myxomatosis, RHD and RHD2:

These are dangerous viral diseases that repeatedly cause high rates of spread and even mortality (80 to 100%). Only regular vaccinations will protect your animal! The myxomatosis virus belongs to the poxvirus family and can be transmitted in many ways: by flies, mosquitoes, rabbit fleas, mites, ticks and lice. Transmission may also be possible through food, especially collected greens. Transmission can also occur from rabbit to rabbit or from human to rabbit. As a result, it is hardly possible to be fully protected against the virus.

Signs of illness:

Signs of infection may include swelling around the eyes, eye discharge, edema, other infections. Later, further swelling in the head area, fever and edema formation all over the body. While the RHD virus (calicivirus) is transmitted like the myxomatosis virus, rabbit fleas are the main vector. Droplet infection is also possible. The incubation period is 24 to 72 hours.

Course of disease:

The acute course may be accompanied by restlessness, drowsiness, dyspnea, flank breathing, fever, reluctance to eat, and bloody diarrhea. The animals usually suffocate in agony. In its hyperacute form of progression, the animal shows no signs of illness. Instead, it collapses suddenly, suffers violent respiratory distress spasms, and usually suffocates with its head bent far back and blood leaking from its nostrils. Screaming and other vocalizations are also reported.

Vaccination:

Annual vaccination should be performed in the spring with immunization lasting 9 to 12 months. Consequently, only one annual vaccination is necessary. In young animals, first vaccination should take place from the 4th to 6th week of life, approximately.

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