Vaccinating Your Rabbit

While most people are aware that dogs and cats need to be vaccinated, many are unaware that rabbits do also.

The reality is that rabbits can and do become seriously ill or often die from infectious diseases that could easily have been prevented through vaccinations.

Both of the diseases vaccinated against have a near 100% fatality rate, so vaccinations can save your rabbit’s life.

We strongly recommend that vaccinations are kept up to date with annual boosters.

Rabbit Vaccination Programme

There are three stages in an effective rabbit vaccination programme:

  • 1st Vaccination
    Vaccination against Myxomatosis, given at 8 weeks of age or as soom as possible afterwards.
  • 2nd Vaccination
    Vaccination against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, given at 10 weeks of age or 2 weeks following the first vaccination.
  • Annual Boosters
    Annual boosters are required to ensure continued immunity to both diseases.

What Diseases Will Your Rabbit be Vaccinatated Against?

There a two major infectious diseases affecting rabbits today, Myxomatosis & Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD).

Both are very serious diseases and are usually fatal. Often with rabbits there are no early warning signs of disease and first sign of these infections is death.


This is a viral disease which is widespread in wild rabbits. It is carried by fleas so even if your rabbit is not in direct contact with wild rabbits it is possible that cats, dogs or other animals passing through your garden could carry fleas harbouring the disease.

If a rabbit gets Myxomatosis it will get lumps and sores on its body, including swellings around the nose, muzzle and genitals. They usually also develop a debilitating pneumonia. It is a very unpleasant disease which kills the vast majority of its victims.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

This is a devastating disease which causes a blood clotting problem and usually the first sign of this disease is the sudden death of a rabbit. VHD is invariably fatal.