Myxomatosis warning Written by Administrator on October 11th, 2014 Posted in Pet News, Rabbit News, Vets in Desborough, Vets in Harborough District, Vets in Kibworth, Vets in Rothwell
Alarmingly and sadly we are seeing an increase in the cases of Myxomatosis in pet rabbits. The vast majority of these rabbits have been unvaccinated and sadly have had to be euthanised to spare them any further suffering.
Myxomatosis is spread by blood sucking insects, such as mosquitoes and fleas, who carry the virus from an infected rabbit to another. Fleas can come from cats, dogs and any wildlife that may come into your garden.
An annual vaccine, which also protects against another deadly virus (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease) is available to rabbits from 5 weeks of age and we would strongly recommend that all unvaccinated rabbits have the vaccine as soon as possible.
No vaccine can ever be 100% effective and other preventative measures such as controlling fleas on other animals in the household, such as cats and dogs and fly netting over rabbit enclosures are also recommended.
If you would like to discuss having your rabbit vaccinated please telephone the practice to speak to one of the nurses. If you would like to book an appointment to have your rabbit vaccinated, again please call the practice to arrange an appointment, which is also available at our branches in Kibworth, Rothwell and Desborough.