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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease (RHDV)


Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease (RHDV) is a foreign animal disease, which has been spreading throughout the US over the last several years, and recent cases have been documented in the Midwest. When rabbits are infected with this virus, they may develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Fevers
  • Inappetence
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Bleeding from their nose
  • Weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Sudden death with no other signs/symptoms

This virus affects both wild and domestic pet rabbits and is highly contagious. The virus is very stable in the environment and resistant to extreme temperatures. The virus can be spread through direct exposure to an infected rabbit, their feces/urine/respiratory secretions, via contaminated food/water sources, shoes/clothing, and insects. Even feeding your pet rabbit washed vegetables from your home garden could expose them to this virus.

This virus does NOT affect other species of animals or humans. Until recently, there was not a vaccine available in the US to protect our pet rabbits, and the only option to prevent the spread of the virus was strict biosecurity measures. Medgene Labs is the first US-based company to develop a vaccine effective against this virus. Due to the serious nature of this virus and lack of approved vaccines in the US for its prevention, the USDA has given Medgene Labs RHDV-2 vaccine emergency use authorization. The USDA’s emergency use authorization for this vaccine was based on their review of the vaccine’s current safety data and challenge information studies. The vaccine is administered as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection and requires two injections of the vaccine 21 days apart to be considered effective at preventing RHDV-2.

Currently, our veterinarians are recommending all pet rabbits four weeks of age, and older should be vaccinated for RHDV-2. The safety of this vaccine has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating does, and we would recommend vaccinating these individuals when they are not pregnant or lactating.

If you’re interested in having your pet rabbit vaccinated for RHDV, please contact our office to get your pet signed up for one of our next RHDV vaccine clinic dates.

For more information about RHDV or Medgene Labs RHDV-2 vaccine, please visit the below websites:

Caring medicine for all animals.

If you live in Valparaiso or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Arbor View Hospital Team is a licensed IN veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.


244 West U.S. Highway 6
Valparaiso, IN 46385
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Monday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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Phone: (219) 762-7267
Fax: (219) 763-9425

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