RHDV2 Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 Vaccinations

Update as of 1/27/22 4:00pm

THE JANUARY 29 CLINIC IS STILL SCHEDULED.  CLIENTS WHO SIGNED UP SHOULD CHECK THEIR EMAIL FOR UPDATES.

Follow our website and Facebook for updates and information on future clinics. Vaccines will not be done during regular business hours. Please do not call the office to schedule. It will all be done electronically.

 

The clinics are for CURRENT CLIENTS ONLY.

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*Appointments will be in 5 minute increments. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your timeslot so we can maintain traffic flow. 
*You will need to come for an
initial vaccine and a booster 3 weeks later.
*The vaccines cost $30.00 each, however you will need to pay for both vaccine and booster ($60) at your first visit.
*You will be asked to stay in your car and follow all necessary COVID-19 precautions.
*Rabbits must be in crates/carriers.
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Carriers must be labeled with the bunny name.
*You can bring multiple bunnies in one carrier but it MUST be labeled with names and descriptions. (Ex. Donnie Smith, gray
Flemish/ Lily Smith, white lop).
*If a client has multiple bunnies, we can schedule up to four buns from the same household per 10 minute time slot. Schedule back-to-back appointments if you have more than four. (Ex. If you have 6 bunnies - schedule 3 for a 5 minute block and schedule the other 3 for the next 5 minute block)


PLEASE DO NOT CALL for an office visit/appointment for the vaccine. RHDV2 vaccines will only be done at the drive up clinics, by appointment only, on Saturdays beginning in early 2022. The ONLY exception to the clinic is if you are due for your annual wellness visit between Jan - Mar. If that is the case, you may schedule a regular annual visit and receive the vaccine then. However, you must plan on returning 3 weeks later for the booster.  

We thank you for your patience. With over 1500 bun clients, this is a monumental task! 
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From The USDA Website

 

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a fatal disease in rabbits and is classified as a foreign animal disease in the United States. In February 2020, animal health officials detected rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 2 (RHDV2) for the third time in the United States, since 2018. Since that detection, RHDV2 has spread to multiple states across the Southwest. RHDV2 does not impact human health.

 

Cases of RHDV2 in North America

RHDV2 is highly contagious and, unlike other rabbit hemorrhagic disease viruses, it affects both domestic and wild rabbits. Many times, the only signs of the disease are sudden death and blood stained noses caused by internal bleeding. Infected rabbits may also develop a fever, be hesitant to eat, or show respiratory or nervous signs. In February 2020, RHDV2 was detected in a domestic rabbit in New York City. The virus was quickly identified, isolated and eradicated. There does not appear to be an epidemiological link, but the disease was later confirmed in a rabbit in New Mexico in March 2020. Since then, RHDV2 has continued to spread in New Mexico and across multiple states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas.

 

How RHDV2 Spreads

The RHDV2 virus is very resistant to extreme temperatures. It can be spread through direct contact or exposure to an infected rabbit’s excretions or blood. The virus can also survive and spread from carcasses, food, water, and any contaminated materials. People can spread the virus indirectly by carrying it on their clothing and shoes.

 

Protect Your Rabbits with Biosecurity

Until you can get your rabbits vaccinated, it is up to you as the owner to protect your rabbits by practicing good biosecurity. Biosecurity means taking simple steps every day to keep germs away from your animals. These actions will significantly reduce the chance of RHDV2 or other contagious diseases affecting your rabbits. Follow these recommended biosecurity practices:

• Do not allow pet or wild rabbits to have contact with your rabbits or gain entry to the facility or home.

• Do not allow visitors in rabbitries or let them handle pet rabbits without protective clothing (including coveralls, shoe covers, hair covering, and gloves).

• Always wash hands with warm soapy water before entering your rabbit area, after removing protective clothing and before leaving the rabbit area.​

Helpful Websites:

https://www.rhdv2.com

https://rabbit.org/rhdv

Downloadable PDFs:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/fs-rhdv2.pdf

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/downloads/rhdv2.pdf

We are working on a plan to vaccinate non-client bunnies as well. More information to come.