If you haven’t already heard, there is a foreign rabbit disease, RHDV2, currently circulating around the Southwestern US and, in Colorado, it has now been found in both domestic and wild rabbits.  So far, domestic rabbits with the disease have been identified in the 4-Corners region and in El Paso county.

Through coordination with Broomfield Veterinary Hospital, we will be able to obtain some of the vaccine for this disease, most likely in July.  This vaccine is not USDA approved and is being imported from overseas where they have this disease all the time. We must have seen your rabbit within the last year or do an exam at the time of vaccine administration. If you want this vaccine, you must email us at office@critterhospital.com by Monday June 8th with the number of rabbits you would like vaccinated.  We will request a 50% deposit on the fees and will call you for a card number. If you are not an existing client, please provide us with your full name, your rabbit’s name and the best phone number at which to reach you.

Until we have wide availability of vaccination for this disease, physical prevention is extremely important.  Please keep rabbits indoors at all times, practice excellent hand hygeine before handling rabbits, and make sure to turn your home into a shoes-off home so you don’t track in infectious material.  Insects can also transmit the disease so be sure to only open windows with screens and otherwise prevent insect access to your rabbits.

Here are some links for information on the disease, feel free to contact us if you have further questions.
Colorado Department of Agriculture RHDV2 site
House Rabbit Society
Oxbow Education