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EDGEWOOD OPEN DAY 2017

Thank you to everyone who made the trip over to see us on Saturday. It was great to see so many of you and to get your feedback on our surgery. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

 

 


AVIAN FLU

For all the latest information on the Avian Flu outbreak please follow this link. Restrictions on poultry will be in place until at least April 2017.

http://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

 


NEW DISEASE THREAT TO UK RABBITS

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis are diseases found throughout the UK and can be fatal to unvaccinated rabbits. Both outdoor AND indoor rabbits are at risk. VHD, in particular, is highly infectious and contagious.  It is an air-borne virus, it can be spread by biting insects (as can Myxomatosis); it can be spread by direct and indirect contact with infected rabbits. For example, if you, your dog or cat has walked on ground where a VHD infected rabbit has been, you can carry it on your clothes or shoes, your other pets can carry it on fur or feet. The virus can survive in the environment for a long time and can survive cold temperatures far better than you might expect.

Over the past year there has been an increasing concern regarding VHD “new variant 2” becoming a cause of deaths in several outbreaks in the UK. Whilst it has been noted in the UK in research papers (Westcott and Choudhury) for at least 2 years, it has clearly become a significant clinical entity in the past few months.

The new VHD vaccine is NOT a replacement for the current combination vaccine and will need to be given IN ADDITION to the Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine. It’s important to note that these vaccines CANNOT be given at the same time and need at least a 2-week gap between them.

In total, your rabbit will now require 2 vaccinations (comprising of 3 injections) per year:

1) Nobivac combination vaccine– just one injection covers them for Myxomatosis and RHVD1 for 1 year.

2) VHD2 vaccine  – 1 injection every 6 – 12 months. If you are breeding rabbits or have a rabbit rescue, then vaccination every 6 months is advised.  This covers them against RHVD2.

You need to leave AT LEAST 2 weeks’ gap between the different types of vaccines. If you can manage to schedule it so that there is a gap of 4-6 months between vaccines, then this would mean your rabbit would have a veterinary health check-up approximately every 6 months. BUT you don’t HAVE to work to this schedule, just make sure that there is at least 2 weeks between vaccines. The vaccine can be used from 10 weeks of age.

We are receiving the new vaccine in limited numbers monthly. The availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to protect your rabbit/s with the new vaccine, please contact any of our surgeries to make an appointment.

If your rabbit is vaccinated with the Nobivac combination vaccine AND the new VHD2 vaccine, they will have been vaccinated against Myxomtosis, VHD1 and VHD2. As always, no vaccination is 100% effective and it does not mean your pet will not contract the disease. However, it does mean they have a chance to be treated and survive these normally fatal illnesses.

 

 

 
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