Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (VHD2)

Rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease 2 (VHD2) is a very serious disease which can cause sudden death without any clinical signs. It was first confirmed in France in 2010. Cases were confirmed in the UK in 2015 and in Ireland in 2016.

There have been confirmed cases in Dublin, Wicklow, Clare and Cork and it is suspected there are many cases that have not been reported throughout Ireland. It has a 5-70% mortality rate and affects rabbits as young as 4-6 weeks old.

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Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (VHD2) include anorexia, apathy and respiratory irregularities. Up to 90% of rabbits will show no clinical signs of the disease before death.

It can be transmitted through:

  • Direct contact such as secretions (saliva) and excretions (urine/faeces)
  • Indirect contact such as fomites (clothes) and vectors (animals/insects)

Please note: Rabbits that are vaccinated against Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) are NOT protected against Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (VHD2).  

Vaccination against VHD2 can be given to rabbits as young as 30 days. It is currently recommended to vaccinate rabbits against this disease every 6 months. Vaccinations against VHD and VHD2 must be given 2 weeks apart.

The vaccination is given as a single vaccination and immunity takes affect one week after it is administered.

VHD2 Vaccine

  • Vaccination is €60.

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Rabbit Boarders

Attention: Owners whose rabbits board with us

As a result of the above, please note the following change to our Rabbit Boarding T&C's: 

"Only rabbits that have a current vaccination certificate against Myxomatosis, Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD1) and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease 2 (VHD2) can be accepted for boarding. Owners must produce an up-to-date inoculation certificate on arrival." Read further T&C's.