There are few people who haven’t seen a wild rabbit with myxomatosis – it is very widespread and unfortunately our pet rabbits can catch it. It passes from animal to animal through direct contact or infected insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. Pet rabbits can be protected with a vaccination which is given first at six weeks and then at regular intervals afterwards.
The other main vaccination for rabbits is against a disease called Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). This is fatal for rabbits, but the vaccination is effective when given at 12 months and regularly thereafter. The Rabbit Welfare Association reports that there is a new combined vaccination covering both diseases and which is even more effective against myxi and which requires fewer shots overall.