How do I prevent my rabbit from getting myxomatosis?
It’s advisable to get your rabbit vaccinated; although, like all vaccines, it may not protect them completely. A vaccinated rabbit can still catch a mild form of myxomatosis but with veterinary care recovery rates are good.
Regular vaccinations against both myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease should be given to all pet rabbits. Making sure there are no areas of stagnant water in your garden, which attract disease vectors will also help, as will mosquito-proof guards on hutches.
How is myxomatosis treated?
There is no cure for myxomatosis. Only supportive care can be given, so prevention is key.
What is the prognosis for a pet rabbit with myxomatosis?
For wild rabbits, and unvaccinated pet rabbits, the prognosis is extremely poor. It usually kills or leaves the rabbit in need euthanasia. If your rabbit catches myxomatosis in a mild form because they have been vaccinated, then there is a good chance that they will make a full recovery with supportive veterinary care.
What do I do if I find a wild rabbit which looks like it has myxomatosis?
You should try to confine any wild rabbit that looks like it has myxomatosis and take it to the nearest vet. Wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly after touching the rabbit. If you are unable to take the rabbit to the vet, report the animal to the RSPCA.
Can myxomatosis be passed onto other species of pet or humans?
No, myxomatosis can only affect rabbits.