Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (also known as RHD) is a highly contagious disease found in rabbits that has been spreading across the US and is now confirmed in Pennsylvania. Almost every rabbit that contracts RHD will die. Because of this, every rabbit that we rescue is first quarantined as a foster for two weeks. Almost all of the rabbits in our rescue are vaccinated against RHD.
The disease spreads outdoors, so this is one of the many reasons that any rabbit we adopt out needs to be kept as an indoor pet.
If you would like to vaccinate your bunny, Animal Ark in Erie, PA is currently offering vaccination appointments. The cost is approximately $100 for the exam plus the vaccine. A booster will also be required which is an additional $30.
To help keep your rabbit safe, please follow these guidelines:
- Keep your rabbit indoors
- Do not let your rabbit mingle with other rabbits
- Wash your hands before and after handling rabbits
- Don’t wear your shoes inside your home
- Keep mosquitos and flies out of your home
To learn more about RHD, please visit the House Rabbit Society website.