As you may have heard, Colorado and the southwestern US is experiencing an outbreak of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-2). This virus only causes disease in wild and domestic rabbits and is easily spread through contact with infected animals and surfaces, including footwear and clothing that those animals may have touched. This disease is often characterized by a bloody nose and sudden death of a rabbit. Cases of RHDV-2 have recently been reported as close as Weld County.
We do not typically vaccinate rabbits in the United States, but due to this outbreak we are recommending all healthy rabbits be vaccinated against RHDV-2. There is a vaccine available for this disease, but requires special state and USDA approval to import from Europe. We are fortunate to be one of the few hospitals in Colorado to have attained the vaccine, and have begun offering vaccinations in order to protect our local rabbits.
If you are interested in having your rabbit vaccinated against RHDV-2, please call our office to schedule. All rabbits must be in good health and will need to undergo an exam in order to be vaccinated. We are also offering discounted microchipping, courtesy of the Colorado House Rabbit Society, at the same time as the vaccine. If you have a regularly scheduled annual exam with a doctor, this is also a good time to get the vaccination, but please call our office to let us know that you would be interested in receiving the vaccine during your appointment.
Please feel free to contact our office with additional questions, including the eligibility of your rabbit for this vaccine. Please be patient as we are doing our best at scheduling these appointments in a timely fashion on top of an already full schedule. We will have more than enough vaccines to ensure all those who want their rabbits to be vaccinated, can do so.
If you would like more information about RHDV-2, including biosecurity measures, case updates, and press releases, we encourage you to visit this website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/aganimals/rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-rhdv2