Rabbits require regular check ups and vaccinations to keep them healthy. In Australia we vaccinate against the rapidly fatal Rabbit Calicivirus Disease.
This virus is spread through close contact with infected rabbits and also through spread by biting insects. The virus is used by the government to control feral rabbit populations and is regularly released for this purpose.
Immunity against this disease requires six monthly booster injections of the CYLAP vaccine. Young rabbits can be started on the vaccine from 4 weeks, in high risk situations, and again at 10 to 12 weeks of age.
Rabbit vaccinations are a preventive measure to protect rabbits from various infectious diseases. Vaccinations work by stimulating the rabbit's immune system to produce antibodies that can recognize and fight off specific diseases.
- Calicivirus vaccine: This vaccine protects against a strain of calicivirus that can cause liver disease in rabbits.
The specific vaccines that your rabbit needs may depend on factors such as their age, breed, and whether they live indoors or outdoors. It's best to consult with a veterinarian who can recommend an appropriate vaccination schedule for your rabbit.
It's important to note that vaccinations do not provide 100% protection against diseases, and some vaccinated rabbits may still become ill if exposed to the virus. However, vaccinated rabbits are generally better able to fight off the disease and are more likely to recover.
Regular veterinary checkups and maintaining good hygiene practices are also important to keep your rabbit healthy.