06 September 2018

Vaccinations for Rabbits

Rabbit vaccination

When and why is it sensible to vaccinate?

It is sensible to vaccinate your rabbit if it spends part of the year in a secure outside enclosure. Seeing as other fury members of the household such as cats and dogs regularly get vaccinated, the questions arises whether there are also vaccines for rabbits.

Which diseases are particularly dangerous for rabbits?

Aside from teeth problems, indigestion and colds, there are three infectious diseases which are prominent among rabbits and are difficult to treat.


Myxomatosis is an infection which first manifests as swellings under the skin. This disease is caused by a virus and in around twenty percent of cases it leads to death. The virus is transferred by flees, mites and lice but can also be introduced by contaminated food, flies and even the rabbit owner.

The common cold in rabbits

Many different germs cause colds in rabbits. Particularly for animals with weakened immune systems, this can be a chronic illness and can increase susceptibility to other diseases.

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is also spread by viruses. With this disease, sudden death without visible signs of the disease is typical. In some cases, it can lead to death two or three days after the first symptoms appear. It can be transmitted by other rabbits, contact with people, food, bedding, insects and through the air.

Can you protect your rabbit from these three diseases?

You can vaccinate your rabbit against all three of these illnesses. Your vet will assess how high the risk of infection is and will carry out the necessary vaccinations. Similarly to cats and dogs, regular booster vaccines are required for your rabbit to be protected from infection.

Veterinarian vaccinating bunny

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