Creating better tomorrows for all pet rabbits
Yes. We’d still recommend vaccination:
- It’s impossible to predict when and where diseases will strike.
- If you wait for a local outbreak your rabbit might be the first to suffer.
- Many boarding places and insurance policies need rabbits to have up-to-date vaccinations.
Usually vaccines should only be given to healthy animals, whose immune system can respond properly. However, if your rabbit’s condition is stable, it may be ok to vaccinate. Talk this over with your vet.
Vaccinations are recommended as soon as possible after five weeks old. So don’t wait until the same time as neutering. It leaves a window of risk when the rabbit isn’t protected. Carrying out vaccinations at the same time as neutering also carries risks, to the rabbit’s health and to the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Like all drugs, vaccines can have side effects, although problems in rabbits are very unusual. Skin reactions are sometimes reported at the site of injection, especially with some brands of older RVHD vaccine. Some rabbits are quiet for a day or two afterwards. Although it’s not great, it’s better than losing your rabbit to a preventable disease.
If your rabbit’s had Myxomatosis in the year leading up to vaccination this can affect how vaccines work, so consult your vet to see what’s best.
You’ll find more up to date advice on vaccinating against both strains of RVHD on our RVHD page.