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Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) Owner Factsheet

There are several highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases that can affect your rabbit. Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD or HVD) is one of the most common, along with myxomatosis, which is discussed in a separate factsheet.

There are two strains of VHD (VHD1 and 'new variant' VHD2). VHD1 was first discovered in China in 1984 in rabbits that had been imported from Germany, and it arrived in the UK in 1992. VHD2 was first recognised in France in 2010 and soon after came to the UK.

To ensure your rabbit is protected against these diseases, vaccination is essential.

What is VHD?

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How is VHD transmitted?

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How do I know if my rabbit has VHD?

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Can my rabbit be treated?

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How can I prevent my rabbit from contracting VHD?

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