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Howard cordingley

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I ha e heard that the Rhd2 virus is killing many rabbits in UK and wondered if the vacination is risky for my 10 year old rabbit who is indoors. I have an outdoor rabbit who comes in some times too! Any advice appreciated folks
 

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Any vaccine will carry risks, and an older rabbit may have a harder time with it, depending on the rabbits overall health. But the benefits far outweigh the risks in my opinion, especially if rhd2 is active in your area. Particularly for an outdoor rabbit that has a higher risk of becoming exposed. Even an indoor rabbit can be susceptible as rhd can be tracked in on shoes, hands, cloths, by insects and other pests. So indoor rabbits are at risk as well. As for effectiveness of the vaccine, the study I read showed it was entirely effective in protecting the vaccinated rabbits.
 

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Any vaccine will carry risks, and an older rabbit may have a harder time with it, depending on the rabbits overall health. But the benefits far outweigh the risks in my opinion, especially if rhd2 is active in your area. Particularly for an outdoor rabbit that has a higher risk of becoming exposed. Even an indoor rabbit can be susceptible as rhd can be tracked in on shoes, hands, cloths, by insects and other pests. So indoor rabbits are at risk as well. As for effectiveness of the vaccine, the study I read showed it was entirely effective in protecting the vaccinated rabbits.
thanks for the reply good points raised I will ask my vet who sees the rabbits regularly.
 

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