Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a virus that has been making it's way across Canada and the United States.
It is a man-made virus that was created to cull the rabbit population in Australia and has since spread to rabbits and hares throughout the world.
It is a very horrible disease that makes those affected literally bleed to death (hemorrhage) and once they show symptoms, there is almost no chance of survival
Things to know
- RHD is a highly contagious and extremely lethal virus.
- ONLY lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and possibly pikas) can get this disease and it can not be transmitted to humans or other animals.
- It is difficult to kill and can survive in the environment for many months.
- Signs of illness generally show within 1-4 days of exposure and is ALMOST ALWAYS LETHAL.
-There is a vaccine that is effective and now available in Canada for use with domesticated rabbits.
- As of December 2022, there are NO KNOWN CASES of RHD in Nova Scotia.
Contact your Veterinarian or Fall River Animal Hospital to get your rabbit vaccinated!