There is a worldwide shortage of the current vaccine for rabbits against the Calicivirus disease. More vaccine will arrive to us by early 2021. In the meantime, we have some information about reducing the risk of being exposed to Calicivirus until the vaccine is available again.
Because the virus can remain in the environment for an extended period and can be transmitted on objects and some insects, the following precautions may assist in minimizing the risk of infection:
- Prevent direct and indirect contact between domestic and wild rabbits
- Avoid cutting grass and feeding it to rabbits if there is a risk from wild rabbits
- Wash hands with warm soapy water between handling rabbits
- Insect control – including insect proofing the hutch or keeping the rabbits indoors
- All cages and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly
- Rabbit-proof your backyard to prevent access by wild rabbits
- Remove uneaten food on a daily basis
- Use a preventative to control fleas and mites
We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, and please get in contact with us if you have any concerns about your rabbit.