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Staffordshire, UK: VHD (Bunnies)

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    Posted: May 01 2018 at 1:47pm
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Owners of pet rabbits warned of deadly disease after a confirmed case in Staffordshire

The warning comes from Staffordshire-based vets Shire Vets after the discovery of VHD 2 in Staffordshire

13:58, 1 MAY 2018

Owners of pet rabbits are being warned of a deadly disease after a confirmed case in Staffordshire.

The warning comes from Staffordshire-based vets Shire Vets after the discovery of VHD 2 in Staffordshire.

VHD 2, also known as haemorrhagic disease, is a highly infectious condition which primarily affects the liver, causing uncontrollable haemorrhages in one or more parts of the body.

It can cause death within hours of the animal falling ill.

Rosie Campbell, a veterinary nurse and rabbit care expert at Shires in Stone, said: "There has sadly been a confirmed case in the area of the killer disease for rabbits, VHD 2.

"This is a very dangerous, deadly disease and all rabbits are at risk, even indoor bunnies, as the disease is transmitted so easily.

"It can be in the air, on shoes or clothes or even in their hay.

"The disease in virtually impossible to detect and the first sign of this condition is often sudden death.

"There is also no cure or prevention available for this disease other than a vaccination.

"Unfortunately, as it's a new and different strain, the existing vaccine for the previous disease VHD1, is not effective.

"That's why we are urging all rabbit owners to give us a call as soon as possible to discuss their pet's vaccine status or book in for an updated vaccination."

Source an cute bunny photos:   https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/owners-pet-rabbits-warned-deadly-1520557


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