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    Default New Variant RVHD- Known as 'RVHD2' U/D 30th May

    RU Admin have requested that I post this thread which will hopefully inform anyone reading it about the new variant RVHD (Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease)- known as 'RVHD2'.

    RVHD2 is now endemic within the UK and it poses a threat to all Rabbits. The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) provide detailed information about RVHD2 and how we, as responsible Pet Owners, can do everything possible to protect our Rabbits.

    There are two vaccines available in the UK which are licensed to offer protection against RVHD2, the vaccines are FILAVAC and ERAVAC

    further information here :

    There were a few Facebook Groups where people were posting to report the location of suspected/confirmed cases of RVHD2. Most of these Groups are now CLOSED as RVHD2 is a nationwide, well established and constant threat to ALL Rabbits. One Facebook Group that remains open is this one

    The Group I felt to be the best was this one

    Sadly because of the nature of both RVHD1 and RVHD2 most cases will not be notified to the Veterinary profession. The majority of Pet Rabbit owners appear to be unlikely to request a Post Mortem if their Rabbit dies suddenly and unexpectedly. So a Vet may claim never to hear of any cases of RVHD1 or RVHD2, not because the diseases are not in the area, but that they have not been asked to investigate 'sudden deaths'.

    The more Rabbit Savvy your Vet is the more likely it is that he/she will be very up to date regarding RVHD2 and they will be best placed to advise you about frequency of vaccinations etc.

    RVHD2 has had a devastating impact on both the Wild Rabbit population and on Pet Rabbits. Sadly it has now been confirmed to affect the European Hare

    The most important information to take away from this post is to VACCINATE your Rabbits. This applies to both indoor and outdoor Rabbits, single Rabbits, Rabbits in Urban areas. RVHD2 takes no prisoners, it takes lives. It takes them suddenly, usually with absolutely no warning signs.

    Finally, this Blog was written by a person who had the misfortune to experience an outbreak of RVHD2 at her small Rescue. The Author is now studying Veterinary Medicine and the Blog she kept is certainly worth a read.
    Last edited by Jack's-Jane; 30-05-2020 at 03:08 PM.

    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems

    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London



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