Rabbit health and vacines

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Caelma, May 7, 2005.

  1. Caelma

    Caelma Well-Known Member

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    Someone said rabbit can get many diseases.
    Sure would love some info on them and websites
    to read.
    Are there vacines for rabbits and what for?
    How neccessary are they?

    Also I have a lot of wild rabbits running around my acreage.
    I see them by day and by night, several at a time.
    Is there something I should be careful about with having rabbits
    of my own on the property?
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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  3. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A lot depends on where you live. Here in the U.S., we don't have vaccines approved for rabbits. In the UK, they have vaccines for Myxamatosis and RCD.

    If you are in the U.S. or Canada, your domestic rabbits are not the same as our wild species. Domestic rabbits are not native to this continent and were imported from Europe. Contact with our wild species can transmit Tularemia (Rabbit Fever) to domestic rabbits, so the answer would be "yes... you need to be careful."

    The Merck Veterinary Manual web site is a good one to use.

    Pat Lamar
    President
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Department Committee