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Livestock => Other => Rabbits => Topic started by: vfr400boy on April 21, 2019, 08:18:45 pm

Title: Rabbit vacations
Post by: vfr400boy on April 21, 2019, 08:18:45 pm
 I have never vaccinated my rabbits be for but hearing a lot more virus's about so was wanting to know the best place buy them I have 6 does and 2 bucks Thanks
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: macgro7 on April 21, 2019, 10:33:01 pm
Your title says rabbit vacation  :thinking:
Ask a local vet?
I don't bother but there is no wild rabbits anywhere close to us
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: Penninehillbilly on April 21, 2019, 10:48:50 pm
Your title says rabbit vacation  :thinking:


I was imagining a bunny hotel  :D
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: abc123 on April 21, 2019, 11:54:10 pm
Your title says rabbit vacation  :thinking:


I was imagining a bunny hotel  :D

Do rabbits go on holidays? :D
Are you meaning buying the vaccinations or the rabbits. Your local vet will have the former.
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: Steph Hen on April 22, 2019, 07:16:21 am
There is money to be made in rabbit vacations, £5-10 per day when family goes away on holiday ;-)
Sorry I don’t know about their vaccinations. If they were mine I’d want to know how the disease spread before spending money: if it’s airborne, fair enough or develops from traces on hay cut last year. But if it’s infected fleas jumping between or bodily fluids, seems unlikely.
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: vfr400boy on April 22, 2019, 12:05:49 pm
Ha ha I can’t spell or read that well and it looks close enough ha
Ok thanks for the advice I know the vets will do it but they will charge a premium for the drug and jabbing
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: in the hills on April 22, 2019, 09:09:15 pm
Vfr400boy, I knew exactly what you were talking about.


I've had my house rabbits vaccinated in the past.


There is one vaccine available to protect against myxomatosis and a second vaccine to protect against a viral infection that is , I think,  relatively new to this country. I forget what it is called but think it caused quite rapid death.


My vet could vaccinate against myxomatosis but didn't stock the second vaccine due to the fact that it was only available to purchase in fairly large quantities and there was no demand for it at the surgery.


It meant a 2 hour round trip to a larger vets and we decided that this was a bit stressful for our rabbits as one is now quite old.


Maybe have s chat with your vet about it.
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: Scarlet.Dragon on April 25, 2019, 08:40:06 pm
Vfr400boy, I knew exactly what you were talking about.


I've had my house rabbits vaccinated in the past.


There is one vaccine available to protect against myxomatosis and a second vaccine to protect against a viral infection that is , I think,  relatively new to this country. I forget what it is called but think it caused quite rapid death.


My vet could vaccinate against myxomatosis but didn't stock the second vaccine due to the fact that it was only available to purchase in fairly large quantities and there was no demand for it at the surgery.


It meant a 2 hour round trip to a larger vets and we decided that this was a bit stressful for our rabbits as one is now quite old.


Maybe have s chat with your vet about it.

Would the second one be Viral Haemorrhagic Fever perhaps?  It's been decimating wild rabbit populations for a few years now with 2 main strains I think.  I keep finding perfectly healthy looking dead rabbits (wild ones) around the place.  I did phone the local animal health office to see if they wanted me to get one to a vet lab to find out what was going on; they put me onto SAC who declined the offer due to no funding from government on to PM wildlife.
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: cloddopper on April 27, 2019, 04:04:00 pm
Myxy and  viral hemorrgaic disease ( VHD)  aka calci virus & residual hemorragic disease  are passed on by biting insects such as mozzies , off physical contact or off infected ground .

 VHD can also be picked up from the rabbits visiting infected ground or someone walking the infection into the rabbitry on their feet & insects  carrying it on to the rabbits. VHD affects the liver & kidneys .. any sudden deaths in the rabbits sheds   were removed from the sheds along with the complete cage feeder & drinking nipple.

The cage was cleaned within minutes of being taken out and then power washed & then soaked in Virkon S  disinfectant  , the station where the cage had been was also  washed and sterilized .

 Once that was done I'd turn my attentions to the rabbit .,open it up and see if there were any white spots in it's liver & kidneys for that is one of the signs it's had VHD .. I never found any.  The liver & kidneys should also be slightly firm not really soft and mushy as soft & mushy is also the fatal stage of VHD.


 Any animal that died in unknown circumstances was always burnt within minutes of me doing the basic autopsy they were never ever left on the muck hill or " Left  for the foxes " .

 In each of our specialist small mammal sheds I had two four tube insect- o -cuters running 24/7. Despite the sheds being accessed via supposedly clean rooms and all air in the sheds being drawn in through filters and sent out through filters we still had to empty all the UV insect killers at least once a week .


 I used to purchase my vaccinations in bulk 50 or a hundred doses at a time off the internet via a guy in France .  He'd send them in an insulated block containing one of the blue frozen cooler blocks .

 At the site of the myxy & VHD vaccinations it was quite normal for the animal to develop a small hard internal lump  so over it's life  of being bred it might well have three of these lumps .. so detracting things if you want to show the rabbits  .

With the vaccine I was using can eat any vaccinated culls so long as they were at least 8 weeks on from their vaccination date .
Title: Re: Rabbit vacations
Post by: alang on May 05, 2019, 11:13:34 am
Thanks for that info Cloddopper. I'm in the process of getting some meat rabbits now and i'll be asking my vet about vaccinations.