"vaccinated outdoor pet bunnies dying from the virus " I can assure you this is not true. The question has come up more than once in my group, Has there ever been a vaccinated bunny who died from the virus. I have checked each time and the answer is still no. A claim, that also goes around, that indoor bunnies do not need to be vaccinated is also wrong. All it takes is one fly or one mosquito coming into the home. Any biting insect that bit or walked on an infected rabbit, carries enough virus to kill the next rabbit it bites or lands on. People and indoor-outdoor pets who share the rabbit's home can unknowingly bring the virus into the home on shoes or paws. Carrion eaters, aerial and terrestrial, who have fed on an infected carcass, takes in the virus which survives the animal's/bird's digestive system and leaves the body via their feces. Those carrion eaters can infect any ground surface as they roam around and as they fly, by dropping virus-laden feces. While it is true Medgene is given in two doses, 21 days apart, after that it is a single-shot annual vaccination. I don't mean to lecture BrownieAndBunbun but I do want to share accurate information for all rabbit people so they can keep their bunnies safe. I hope you will consider all this and perhaps find a willing vet to vaccinate your sweethearts. Jane, North Americans RHDV2 GroupMy vet didn’t recommend the vaccine. I took my bunnies (both 6 months old) to the vet last week for their first checkup. I told the vet that I’d like to have them vaccinated. My bunnies are indoor bunnies, but we have a beautiful grassy area that I’d love to take them out to play in. I haven’t brought them outside yet as they’re unvaccinated and we have a large wild bunny population (that grassy area is covered in wild bunny poop). We live in Southern California (so the virus is here). The vet said she would vaccinate them if I really wanted her to, but that her recommendation would be not to vaccinate them and not to take them outside. She said she has had some cases of vaccinated outdoor pet bunnies dying from the virus, but that she hasn’t had any cases yet of any indoor bunnies dying from the virus (that technically there is some risk that we could track the virus in to them from outside, but that risk was minimal). She said even if I have them vaccinated that I shouldn’t bring them outside to play in my grassy area since we have so many wild rabbits on our property and the vaccine isn’t 100% protective. She said if I had them vaccinated that they might have side effects and that they’d also have to come back in 3 weeks for a booster and that the vaccine is only protective for a year. All of that said, she leaned against it and so my bunnies didn’t get vaccinated….
Has anyone else’s vet leaned against the vaccine for indoor bunnies?