Every day I talk to people that do not know about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease 2 (RHVD2), and the fact that it is highly contagious and now spreading in the US.
It is very important to keep your rabbits vaccinated and 100% indoors even if they have the vaccine.
What Can You Do?
Be aware of cases in your area and be aware of how it’s spread. Just because your rabbit lives indoors doesn’t mean they can’t get it.
How is it spread?
You can walk it into your house on your shoes if you have walked in a place such as a park or any where there are cotton tails, jack rabbits or domestic rabbits that have been infected.
If your rabbit comes in contact with another rabbit that is infected.
Dogs can also bring it into the house if you have walked your dog in an area where there are infected rabbits.
Insects that bite such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas etc that are infected from infected rabbits could bite your rabbit and infect them. Keep all cats and dogs on flea treatment. Vets are suggesting you keep your rabbit on fleas treatment too especially if you have cats or dogs that go outside.
Be aware that most breeders keep their rabbits outdoors. Some breeders rabbits in a Southern California have been infected.
Only adopt rabbits from a reliable rescue or animal shelter. Make sure the rabbits have been quarantined, health checked and vaccinated before you adopt, especially if you have other rabbits.
What are we doing at Bunny Bunch?
*All of our rabbits have been vaccinated at both locations and in our foster homes.
*All of our rabbits live 100% indoors.
*Only rabbits that live indoors and have been vaccinated (we get a copy of the vaccine certificate) for eight days or more are allowed into our buildings for bunny dates, nail trims, grooming, bonding and boarding.
*All items in our rabbits living areas and boarding rabbits living areas are disinfected with “Rescue” disinfectant that kills the RHVD2 virus.
*Our volunteers and staff wear shoe covers inside the building.
*We are not holding any events involving rabbits.
*All newly rescued rabbits are kept indoors in foster homes that do not have any other rabbits. The rabbits are health checked, vaccinated and quarantined before they come to our
Bunny Bunch locations for adoptions.
So for now in this crazy world this is how our rabbits have to live. They can peak outside at the garden, but to save their lives they have to live indoors.
Caroline & the buns