The rabbit Calici Virus also know as Haemorrhagic Viral Disease first occurred in Australia in 1995. It is spread in contaminated bodily secretions of infected rabbits and also by carrier birds and flying insects. Illness from this virus occurs quickly usually in the time frame of 12—18 hours. There are no known therapies to reverse the disease and it can quickly lead the death. Vaccination is one of the only protections pet rabbits have.
Although as of yet no scientific evidence has been provided, there were concerns of a new Calici Virus strain occurring and because of this, the vaccine manufacturing company has decided to
updated their recommended vaccination protocol.
We are following this recommendation and are now recommending to have rabbits vaccinated twice yearly after the initial juvenile course of 2 vaccinations (generally 4 weeks apart and one of which is after 12 weeks of age).