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Infectious disease in rabbits

Rabbits are prone to infectious diseases like any other pet. They may be infected from wild rabbits or other small pets which can transmit some infections. There are 2 important viral diseases in rabbits: myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and animals can be protected against both of these by vaccination. Rabbits can be vaccinated against myxomatosis and VHD from 5 weeks of age. The vaccination provides immunity for one year against both myxomatosis and VHD.

A number of skin diseases caused by mites or fleas can also be caught from other infected pets. If your rabbit is scratching or losing their fur then you should make an appointment to see your vet for a check up.