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There has been a manufacturing delay in myxomatosis vaccination and as such some rabbit’s myxo vaccines may have lapsed.

We are able to get hold of an alternative vaccine for myxomatosis.

The down side is that this vaccine comes in a multi dose vial which means that we need to vaccinate rabbits on the same day as other rabbits so that we do not waste doses (because it goes off quickly once broached).

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If your rabbit is not up to date for myxomatosis vaccine and you would like them vaccinated please email Vanessa on v.batten@penmellyn.co.uk to express and interest.

We are planning to do a rabbit vaccination day at each of our surgeries so please let Vanessa know which of our surgeries you would like to attend.

We will then contact you with the dates of vaccination days.

More about Myxomatosis

Myxomatosis is caused by a virus spread by fleas, mites and biting flies such as mosquitoes. In some circumstances it can also spread by direct contact between infected rabbits too.

The first signs of infection are usually puffy swellings around the head and face. Within a day or so, these swellings can become so severe that they can cause blindness.

‘Sleepy eyes’ are another classic sign, along with swelling around the mouth and ears, which then spreads around the anus and genitals.

A high fever occurs and eating and drinking becomes progressively more difficult. Death usually follows within around twelve days.

Recovery from this disease is rare and euthanasia is often necessary to prevent suffering. Occasionally a longer and more protracted disease course occurs with multiple skin modules. All types of rabbits can be affected, including house rabbits.

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