RABBIT OWNERS: PLEASE BE AWARE OF RHDV2 - A FATAL VIRUS TO RABBITS THAT IS GETTING CLOSER TO LOUISIANA
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RHDV2 or Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus is a highly contagious, fatal virus that affects both wild rabbits AND domestic rabbits. RHDV is often a very swift and sudden killer, giving little warning. Rabbits may die without showing any symptoms at all. Any sudden rabbit death is suspicious and should be reported to your veterinarian as a possible case of RHDV. Cases have been confirmed as close as Mississippi and Texas. For more information about RHDV2 and what you can do visit: https://rabbit.org/rhdv/
The vaccine that has been APPROVED for Louisiana is the Medgene Labs RHDV2 Vaccine that is being produced here in the United States. At this point in time due to the newness of the vaccine it:
1. Can only be ordered by a Licensed Veterinarian.
2. **In most cases rabbits must be microchipped or have a permanent ID in order to receive the vaccine (vet clinics should be able to microchip rabbits at their vaccine appointment if they were not already).
Rabbits adopted from Magic Happens between late December 2017 - 2021 should already be microchipped. Vets can scan for microchip to verify.
Visit Medgene's website for more info: https://medgenelabs.com/rhdv2/
USDA RHDV2 Vaccine FAQs
Azalea Lakes Veterinary in Baton Rouge
Call or Email to schedule an appointment/more info
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **PLEASE PUT: "RHDV2 Vaccine Scheduling" in the subject**
Scheduling will be limited due to the way the vaccine is packaged
Avian and Exotics in Metairie
Please follow their Facebook Page for updates.
Current clients with rabbits should have received an email from the clinic (last update 11/5/21)
Kat Vet in Ponchatoula
They will have a LIMITED vaccine event around the 3rd weekend of November (10 slots). Second dose will be scheduled in December. Please TEXT them if you are interested in attending: 985-401-2537
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**Per USDA FAQs:
Q: My vet told me that our rabbits need to have permanent identification. Why is this needed?
A: This decision should be made between the rabbit owner and veterinarian, and in compliance with any State regulations. Accurate vaccination information is required for U.S. disease response efforts being reported to the World Animal Health Organization. It may also be part of the accountability process that State Veterinarians expect for permitting the use of unlicensed vaccine in their state. Rabbits that are vaccinated cannot be distinguished serologically from rabbits that are infected with RHDV2; rabbit owners are advised to maintain records of proof of vaccination.