10/09/2015

There are two very nasty viruses in Australia’s rabbit population: Myxomatosis and Calicivirus.

Unfortunately in Australia we cannot vaccinate against myxomatosis so the only way to prevent your rabbits from contracting this disease is to protect them against biting insects (mainly mosquitoes).

Some tips to help keep your rabbits safe include: Making sure your rabbits are inside the house or inside their cages at dawn and dusk, when these insects are most active; using citronella coils and sprays on the top of the cage; obtaining a large mosquito net to drape over the cage preventing the insects from gaining access to the rabbit inside, and making sure that the cage is not placed close to a standing water source, where these insects like to breed.

Happily, we can vaccinate our rabbits against Calicivirus. If the rabbit presents for the 1st vaccination and is younger then 12 weeks of age then they require another vaccination booster 4 weeks later to ensure adequate immunity. If the rabbit presents for the 1st vaccination and is at 12 weeks or older then no 2nd vaccination is needed. We then need to vaccinate again every 6 months, on the recommendation of the vaccine company.

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