Do rabbits need vaccinations?
Like all other pets, rabbits can suffer from life-threatening diseases. Getting your rabbit an injection against these viruses every year can safeguard your beloved bunny and boost their immunity for the long term.
Most insurance policies require your rabbit to be vaccinated, as conditions that could have been prevented by vaccination will not be covered. So, if you’re thinking of taking out a pet insurance policy, it’s worth getting regular rabbit vaccinations.
When should I get my rabbit vaccinated?
Bunnies can be vaccinated from five weeks old, with immunity taking three weeks to develop. The initial injection combines the Myxomatosis vaccine with the R(V)HD Plus vaccine.
Your rabbit will also need a single vaccine to protect against R(V)HD2 at 10 weeks old. Afterwards, your rabbit will need an annual booster injection to keep their immunity topped up.
If you’re unsure whether your rabbit has been vaccinated, then scheduling a rabbit vaccination is a top priority. Being vaccinated can be the difference between life and death for your busy bunny, so speak to your vet to discuss their vaccination plan.
What happens at a vaccination appointment?
At a rabbit vaccination appointment, your bunny will get a full health assessment. This will include an inspection of areas you may not be able to detect at home, such as your rabbit’s back teeth. Your vet may also ask you questions about your bunny’s diet and their general behaviour.
Your vet will then give them a small injection under the skin at the back of the neck. It only takes a few seconds, and is generally tolerated by most rabbits.
How much are rabbit vaccinations?
Rabbit vaccines in the UK can cost between £50 and £125 on average depending on which area you live in (correct as of June 2023). Prices also vary from practice to practice. But bunny vaccine costs are far less than treatment for the diseases they help to prevent.
Do indoor rabbits need vaccinations?
Yes, your rabbit needs vaccinating. Although he or she remains indoors and may be exposed less than outdoor rabbits, they can still pick up nasty viruses and diseases. Myxomatosis, RVHD-1 and RVHD-2 can spread via insects as well as clothes and shoes, so it’s worth vaccinating your indoor rabbit.
What do rabbit vaccinations protect against?
Rabbit vaccinations can help to protect your beloved bunny against the following illnesses:
Does pet insurance cover rabbit vaccinations?
Unfortunately, pet insurance doesn’t cover the cost of rabbit vaccinations. However, Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance, provided by Pinnacle Insurance plc, can provide protection when your bunny needs it most. That means you’ll get comprehensive cover, 24/7 vet assistance and more when you take out rabbit insurance with us.
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