Skip to main content

Rabbit Awareness Week - Vaccinations

Rabbit Awareness Week - Vaccinations
Click to enlarge

Here are our top tips about vaccinating your rabbits;

Two vaccinations a year

To protect your rabbits against Myxomatosis, RVHD1 and RVHD2 they will need 2 vaccinations per year, given at least 2 weeks apart.


Myxomatosis is a severe viral infection that is spread by fleas, mites and mosquitoes. Both outdoor and indoor / house rabbits can become infected. It is invariably fatal in unvaccinated rabbits; while vaccinated rabbits have occasionally contracted myxomatosis, in these cases the disease is much milder and they usually survive.

Viral haemorrhagic disease (Types 1 and 2)

RHD1 is a virus that is highly infectious and causes massive internal bleeding, leading to sudden death within 1 – 2 days.

RHD2 is a newer variant of RHD that has emerged in the past few years and is often but not always fatal.  Both strains are well established in the wild rabbit population in the UK.

Both viruses are transmitted through food, clothing or footwear contaminated with infected wild rabbit droppings. They can also be transmitted by birds and insects or even on the wind. These highly resistant viruses can survive in the environment for many months. Both outdoor and indoor / house rabbits can become infected.



Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age, with a 2-week gap between the two vaccinations. They should receive annual boosters. Vaccination provides good and safe immunity against these fatal diseases.

** We are pleased to inform you that from 1st July, our new and improved rabbit Pet Health Club will include BOTH vaccinations as standard, along with many other benefits. Please ask at one of our branches for more details. **


Remember that we are offering FREE rabbits check-ups with our Registered Veterinary Nurses throughout June, so please book an appointment for more advice on your rabbits’ health and general care, or to discuss our great value rabbit Pet Health Club.