Rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD), also known as haemorrhagic viral disease (RHVD), is a disease that kills rabbits.
Almost 100% of infected animals will die. Up to 80% animals exposed to the virus will develop the disease.
It is unsure how the virus is transmitted, but at this stage it is assumed rabbits acquire this highly infectious virus by breathing it in, ingestion, direct contact or through infected urine or faeces. Insects are also able to carry the virus, so isolation from other rabbits is not enough to prevent this nasty disease affecting your rabbit.
Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks old, at which age they will require boosters every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 3 months old. It is recommended that all vaccinated rabbits receive an annual booster. If you would like to make an appointment to vaccinate your rabbit, call the Rangiora clinic on 313 7438 and ask when our next “rabbit day” is.