Both these viral diseases can be rapidly fatal in an unvaccinated rabbit and there are no cures once infected. The only protection you can give your rabbit is by vaccination.

VHD is spread by direct contact between rabbits, both wild and domesticated, but also via indirect contact such as from people, clothing, on shoes, other objects, fleas and other parasites.

Myxomatosis is spread mainly by fleas or other biting insects and is transmitted in this way from wild to pet rabbits, but can sometimes also spread via direct contact with other infected individuals.

A combined myxomatosis and VHD vaccination can be given from as early as six weeks of age.

Boosters are given every 12 months and cover both diseases. At the time of vaccination the vet will give your rabbit a thorough health check as well.