Is your rabbit up to date with their vaccinations? Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD), also known as viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) is a serious illness which causes liver disease and internal bleeding. Sadly, this disease is mostly fatal when contracted however if your rabbit is vaccinated the survival rate is much improved. Contact your local surgery now to ask about vaccination. In the meantime, here is some background info about the disease…
RHD/VHD is spread in a number of different ways thus making it very difficult to contain the disease. It is spread via direct contact between rabbits (both domesticated and wild) and also indirectly from human or insect contact, and objects such as clothing, shoes and toys.
In addition to vaccination you can help to reduce the risk of infection to your pet rabbit by making sure that your rabbit’s flea and fly prevention is up to date and trying to avoid your rabbit coming int contact with areas that wild rabbits frequent.
Symptoms of haemorrhagic disease include high temperature, lethargy, appetite loss and spasms. If your rabbit shows any of these signs you should seek immediate veterinary advice.