Rabbit and ferret vaccinations
We vaccinate ferrets for Distemper.
Rabbits are vaccinated against Calicivirus (RHDV). Due to the prevalence of new strains of Calicivirus/RHDV released to decrease the wild rabbit population contact the clinic it is vital to immediately to organize vaccination of any new pet rabbits and to ensure vaccination of older rabbits is up to-date.
Rabbits require a course of injections and then regular injections thereafter for best protection against this fatal disease.
RHDV can remain in the environment for an extended period and can be transmitted on objects and via some insects. The following precautions can reduce the risk of infection:
- Keep your pet rabbit indoors
- Rabbit-proof your backyard to prevent access by wild rabbits
- Regularly decontaminate equipment and materials including cages, hutches, bowls
- Limit contact between and handling of unfamiliar pet rabbits
- Decontaminate hands, shoes and clothing after handling other than your own rabbits
- Control fleas
- Control insects (especially flies) as much as possible both indoors and outdoors
- Avoid cutting grass and feeding it to rabbits if there is the risk of contamination from wild rabbits