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**Important notice for rabbit owners**

The Greater Sydney Local Lands Services released a rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus known as RHDVI-K5, a rabbit calicivirus K5 strain, in late October 2018 as part of its rabbit baiting program.

The virus was released across the Lakesland, Bargo, Wedderburn and Campbelltown areas. The vaccine does cover the K5 variant but not the RHDV2. Learn more.

If your bunny has not been vaccinated for the calicivirus within the last 12 months (or preferably 6 months), please call the clinic to book a vaccination appointment on 02 4655 0798 or if you have any questions.

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All pets need to visit the vet for a check up once a year at a minimum to ensure preventable diseases are caught early.

In particular, it is important that rabbits receive an annual calicivirus vaccguinea-pigs-2ination to prevent them contracting the potentially deadly calicivirus.

In addition to annual health checks, you should also get your pet to the vet as soon as possible if it exhibits physical or behavioural changes. Identifying these however, can be tricky with small mammals as in the wild, signs of weakness can make them more susceptible to predation.

Physical or behavioural changes to look out for include:

  • change in feeding habits especially increased water consumption or decreased food consumption
  • change in the frequency, colour and/or consistency of urine or faeces
  • lethargy
  • tooth grinding
  • very hot or cold ears
  • runny eyes or nose
  • difficulty breathing or excessive sneezing
  • drooling or hair loss on the chin or neck
  • loss of balance, poor coordination or head tilting
  • biting or growling
  • excessive scratching
  • changes to fur or skin including scaly, dry or flaky skin or patches of missing fur
  • lumps or bumps, blisters, scabs or bruises
  • paralysis.

If your pet is showing any of the signs above you should get them to the vet as soon as possible.

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For more important information about the care and treatment of rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets please see our factsheets: