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Vaccinations
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Vaccinations

Vaccinations

AlphaPet now uses a single annual combined vaccine against both Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease which can be given from 5 weeks of age

Myxomatosis

A fatal viral disease that is transmitted by fleas and mosquitos.

Vaccination can be given from 5 weeks of age, ideally in April or May to give maximum level of protection during summer and autumn.

Annual boosters are essential.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease [VHD]

A fatal vial disease first seen in the UK in 1992.

The disease is airborne and can kill rabbits a long way from an outbreak area.

Death is caused by internal bleeding.

Vaccination can be given from 5 weeks of age, and annual boosters are essential.

Rabbit VHD has been confirmed in AlphaPet area

The disease is rapidly fatal, and the most common sign is sudden death. Occasionally, you may see a rabbit with bloody diarrhoea but by then it is always too late.

The disease is spread by direct and indirect contact, and by insect vectors such as fleas and biting flies.

The only protection is vaccination.