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Deadly Rabbit Virus Spreads in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laurie Despotopulos
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Veterinarians urge pet owners to prepare for the arrival of rabbit hemorrhagic disease


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Wild and pet rabbits are threatened by this fatal virus. Thanks to our friends at
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
for sharing this important info. Be on the lookout in the next issue of MassVet News for an article from our state veterinarian, too.
Tips to stop spread:
- Try to keep a “closed rabbit” environment.
- Do not bring pet rabbits outdoors to play or graze.
- Wash your hands thoroughly both before and after handling rabbits.
- Do not wear your outdoor shoes in the house or where your rabbit roams.
- Keep door and window screens secure and free of holes to prevent biting insects from accessing your pet. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a monthly flea prevention that’s safe for rabbits, too!
- Don't feed rabbits grass, branches, plants, or hay from an outbreak area.
- If you live in an outbreak area, ask your vet about emergency access to the vaccine.
- If you are traveling to an outbreak area, be careful not to bring the virus back home!
- If you see multiple dead wild rabbits or a dead wild rabbit with a bloody nose, report it to state wildlife officials. (Do not touch the dead wild rabbits.)
- If your own rabbit dies suddenly, tell your veterinarian.

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