Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus, also referred to as RHD, RHDV or RHDV2, is a fatal viral infection in rabbits. This virus has been spreading across the US this last year. Oregon’s first case was in March 2021.
Symptoms of RHD in domestic rabbits may include:
· Acute/rapid death
· Lack of appetite
· Congested membranes around the eyes
· Lack of coordination
· Excitement or paddling
· Difficulty breathing
· Bloody, frothy nasal discharge at death
The virus can be spread in organic matter and is difficult to kill with standard disinfectants. This means that flies, rats, cats, dogs, birds, people, etc. can move the virus around on their feet or body.
Vaccination is available and recommended for all rabbits even if they are housed completely indoors.
Creswell Veterinary Hospital has the Medgene RHDV2 vaccine available. For previously vaccinated rabbits we are suggesting a single dose booster given yearly. If previously unvaccinated, two doses are given 3 weeks apart then one dose yearly. Onset of immunity is 1 week after the second dose.
Rabbits must be a minimum of 4 weeks of age.
Individual vaccination appointments are available through Creswell Veterinary Hospital.
Call 541-895-3536 to schedule. Cost is Exam $69, Vaccine $35 per dose, exam fee is waived for the 3 week booster.
Low cost vaccination clinics will be available at Creswell Veterinary Hospital 3-4 times per year and spaced 3 weeks apart.
Cost for the vaccine is $25/dose Rabbits must appear healthy.
Drive through vaccine clinic in Leaburg.
Directions will be given when the sign up is open in early June.
The links below will then be active.
Rabbits that have been vaccinated previously with the FILAVAC vaccine only need one dose of the Medgene RHDV2 vaccine so can sign up for either date. Rabbits that have not previously been vaccinated need 2 doses of the Medgene vaccine administered 3 weeks apart so sign up for BOTH dates.
Cost is $25 per vaccine. So if you sign your rabbit up for both dates you will pay $25 for July 9th and $25 for July 30th.
Future drive-through clinic dates are to be determined, likely another 3 week interval sometime in the fall of 2022.