Rabbits

  • Managment advice
  • Diet advice
  • Castration for males
  • Spaying for females
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea treatment and advice
  • Worming treatment and advice

 

UPDATE JUNE 2014: Myxomatosis

We are heading into the myxomatosis season, which tends to be most severe in late summer and autumn.  Myxomatosis is a pox virus that affects both domestic and wild rabbits.  This disease is spread by midges (Culicoides spp), which means that even INDOOR rabbits can be affected.  Rabbits that are affected develop skin lesions at the site of the midge bite initially, they then go on to develop discharge from the eyes and conjunctivitis.  Later they become lethargic, depressed and acquire secondary bacterial infections.  A high proportion of rabbits go on to develop a fatal pneumonia.  Very few rabbits survive.  In order to prevent this disease we highly reccommend that your rabbit is vaccinated against it, the vaccine we use LASTS FOR 12 MONTHS unlike other vaccines available, and also will vaccinate against rabbit haemorrhagic diarrhoea.

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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Diarrhoea (in the above vaccine)

Rabbit haemorrhagic diarrhoea is caused by a calicivirus.  Onset of signs after infection is very rapid, causing anorexia, swollen eyelids, paralysis and neurological signs.  Usually the onset of diarrhoea and abdominal pain occurs just before death.