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 secontact Us d 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.
If you have 6 or more rabbits, please use the Contact button with your contact information and we'll call to schedule a "mini vaccine clinic" during our regular open hours for $35 per dose, no exam fee.
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