Rabbits can be prone to the disease Calicivirus. It is a virus that affects the rabbit’s internal organs and can cause internal bleeding. It is spread by mosquitoes and other infected rabbits. Signs of Calicivirus are similar to other illnesses and so are sometimes hard to diagnose. These signs include lack of appetite, lethargy and sometimes you may notice bleeding. Signs of the disease are normally seen within 12-18 hours of infection and death usually occurs within 30 hours of first contracting the disease.
A vaccine against Calicivirus is available. A full health check will also be perfomed at the time of vaccination which is important for the health and wellbeing of your rabbit.
Important Notice to ALL Rabbit Owners
A national release is scheduled for a new type of rabbit Calicivirus ("Korean Type 5") - March 2017.
Rabbits are prone to this disease and infection can result in sudden death, although some rabbits may only suffer mild illness and then recover.
At this stage, there is only one Calicivirus vaccine available in Australia, Cylap RCD, which provides protection against Calicivirus ("Type 1"). The vaccine has not yet been proven to protect rabbits from the new type of Calicivirus ("Type 5") however the current recommendation is to increase the frequency of vaccination.
We strongly recommend that all rabbits in the Sunbury area be vaccinated, using the following schedule:
Kittens (Baby Rabbits): 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks, then every 6 months ongoing
Vaccinated adults: every 6 months ongoing
Unvaccinated adults: 2 injections, each a month apart, and then every 6 months ongoing