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
combined myxomatosis/VHD vaccine only offers protection for around 4 months, but
in 2016 a new vaccine was imported from Europe. The one that my vets obtained is
called Filavac, it is given once a year, in addition to the combined vaccine for
myxomatosis and VHD (strain 1).
Babies have arrived from:
Snowdrop and Barney - three babies born on 17th March!
Echo and Barney - two babies born on 18th March!
Eclipse and Zeus - one blue spotted baby arrived 2 days late on 11th April!
Please contact me if you are interested in any of these babies! They can be reserved
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