I have also heard the sad news that a rabbit has now died following awful complications
after receiving the Cylap VHD vaccine.
Please see the Cylap reactionpage. Please note that this vaccine is no longer available
in the UK, having been superseded by the combined myxomatosis/VHD vaccine (Nobivac)
and more recently the VHD2/RHD2 vaccine (Filavac).
I am pleased that there is now a combined VHD/myxomatosis vaccine, my rabbits have
all been receiving it since 2012 with no side effects whatsoever and in addition
have had the Filavac vaccine since 2016.
New strain of Viral Haemmorhagic Disease in the UK
Since around 2015 there has been a new strain in the UK, called VHD2 or RHD2, the
old combined myxomatosis/VHD vaccine does not protect against it, but in 2016 a new
vaccine became available.
The one that my vets use is called Filavac, it is given once a year, in addition to
the combined vaccine for myxomatosis/VHD (strain 1) which is called Nobivac. It can
be given from 5 weeks of age but does require a booster at 10 weeks if done before
You should leave a gap of two weeks or more
between giving the two vaccines.
Exhibition rabbits are required to wear a metal ring on one of their hind legs for
the purposes of registration and identification. These rings come in different sizes
according to the breed of rabbit and are purchased from the British Rabbit Council.
For many decades the size for English rabbits was a D size.
From the beginning of 2016 this size was increased to an E size, despite members
of the National English Rabbit Club voting against this change in a ballot some years
The change was brought in anyway and unfortunately resulted in a broken leg in Hickory,
one of my rabbits, due to the fact it was able to slide down onto the lower part
of the leg and get stuck there. Hickory is now fine, but had to undergo surgery and
many weeks of restricted space. The same has also happened to other English rabbits
belonging to other breeders.
If you show English rabbits please be aware of the fact that this could occur. Please
contact me if you require any further
information about what happened.
From May 2020 there is a new 3 in 1 vaccine available!
This is called Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus and protects against myxomatosis and
BOTH strains of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD1 and VHD2),
also called Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD1 and RHD2)
Until now your rabbit has needed two vaccines per year -
Nobivac for myxomatosis and RHD1/VHD1
and either Filavac or Eravac to protect against the new strain of VHD/RHD (called
The new vaccine can be used from seven weeks of age - all baby rabbits
will now have this before going to their new homes, due to the high number of cases
of RHD2 all over the UK.
The cost at my vets for the new Nobivac Myxo-RHD Plus vaccination is £55.00 per rabbit
including full health check, or £40.00 with a basic health check.
This cost will be added to the purchase price, and you will receive a vaccination
certificate to take away with you as a reminder of when the booster is due the following
All of my rabbits have been given the new vaccine with no side effects whatsoever.
NEW 3 IN 1 VACCINE AVAILABLE FROM MAY 2020!!
Babies arrived on 18th March from Florence and Zeus - there are seven babies!! The
litter are made up of 3 black spotteds, 3 blue selfs and 1 blue spotted!
Pictures below at 5 weeks old, see the For Sale page for newer photos:
These babies are all now reserved or collected, thanks for all the interest!
Please contact me if you are interested in any future litters that may be born!