April 1st, 2018
You may have read or heard of the emerging concern over a very serious rabbit virus (Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease) that emerged in Nanaimo and is spreading to other areas of the province, now having appeared in Vancouver. There currently is no treatment and the virus is very deadly to those rabbits that come in contact with either infected rabbits or exposed to areas where infected rabbits have been.
There are some excellent fact-sheets that are available on-line through the BCSPCA and the Provincial Agriculture Laboratory:
Although the extent of this disease is not currently known, the only known means to potentially slow the spread of this disease is through pre-emptive vaccination. There is more than one strain of this disease and everyone remains hopeful that the vaccine will be effective against this type. There has been no commercially available vaccine available for this disease in Canada, however, as a result of a very active rabbit owner community, the Ministry of Agriculture and veterinarians, arrangements are being made to import this vaccine into Canada under a special permit.
Veterinarians in BC, our clinics included, have a very limited supply of rabbit vaccine available. For owner’s we are recommending you let us know if you would like to vaccinate your rabbit so that we can reserve a vaccine for you. It is likely to be several weeks before we’ll be able to obtain additional vaccine should the demand be higher than the number of doses we have available to us.
Please call us and ask to speak to our lead receptionist, Bobbi. She will be able to give you up to date information on the availability, anticipated arrival date, appointment details and the costs associated with vaccination. She can be reached at Eagle Rise Animal Hospital at 250-590-8445.
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