Protecting your rabbit

Vaccination, protection against insects, rotavirus and enteric coronavirus: Ask your vet for advice.

Protection against insects: This particularly concerns myxomatosis. It is therefore essential to protect your rabbit against fleas and mosquitos. Various preventative methods exist.

Vaccination: There is a vaccine which can protect your rabbit against myxomatosis and RHD.

There are other pathologies which can affect rabbits, particularly viruses:

  • Rotavirus: This is a very contagious disease transmitted by a virus, which often provokes anorexia, diarrhoea and dehydration. It mainly infects young rabbits. After infection, there is a 2 to 5 day incubation period after which the virus is excreted into the faecal matter for around 6 to 8 days.
  • Enteric coronavirus: This is also associated with diarrhoea in young rabbits, although it can be detected in healthy rabbits of any age. The clinical signs are lethargy, diarrhoea, a swollen abdomen and death.

Your vet is the best person to inform you about the risks to your rabbit and to advise you about the care that he should be given.


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