Preventing Rabbit Calicivirus | Companion Animal Veterinary Hospital

Preventing Rabbit Calicivirus

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Calicivirus occurs in the Wollongong area from time to time. There are often controlled releases done to control the wild rabbit population.  

Calicicirus is a viral disease of rabbits that causes them to die very quickly.  It's spread by direct contact or mosquitoes so:

  • Don't let your rabbit contact wild rabbits
  • keep your rabbit indoors when mosquitoes are active
  • use a mosquito-proof enclosure
  • vaccinate your rabbit

There have been some reports of rabbits being infected with a possible strain of the virus which isn't covered by the vaccine. So it's important you use the other measures mentioned here as well as vaccination. 

Vaccination should be done at 6 weeks (during an outbreak) and 12 weeks and then they should receive a yearly booster. 

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