We’re happy to be taking part in RAW 2019 because we need to spread awareness that rabbits need to be vaccinated.
This year’s Rabbit Awareness Week theme is ‘Protect and Prevent’ and will be raising awareness around Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (RVHD2).
Rabbits are normally vaccinated against two diseases: myxomatosis and rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease (RVHD).
RVHD2 is a new variant of the RVHD1 virus which causes internal bleeding.
The disease has a low recovery rate as there is no specific treatment for RVHD2 only supportive care.
Therefore, the best way to protect your rabbits is to vaccinate them!
The latest figures show that less than 15% of Britain’s pet rabbit population is protected against RVHD2.
According to the PDSA 2018 Paw Report the main reason for owners not vaccinating their rabbits is because they do not come into contact with other animals.
Unfortunately, this is not the only way that rabbits can become infected!
Here are some other ways the virus can be spread:
- Birds and insects and their droppings
- The wind
- Soles of shoes, car tyres or other pets’ feet
- An infected rabbit or their droppings
- Owners’ hands or clothes
To find out more, visit https://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk
or download the rabbit health factfile here: