Fleas and mosquitos carry Myxomatosis. Outdoor rabbits are at most risk of being bitten, especially if there are wild rabbits around.
Indoor rabbits are less likely to catch it but it is not impossible. For example, rabbit fleas can live on hay for months or if there are dogs and cats in the same household, they can bring rabbit fleas back into the house. Therefore, we would recommend both indoor and outdoor bunnies should be vaccinated.
Outdoor rabbits can catch RHD (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease) from wild rabbits. The virus can last at least 3 months on clothes etc. so as with Myxomatosis, both indoor and outdoor bunnies should be vaccinated.
Since 2012, we have been able to offer a new combined vaccination which vaccinates rabbits against Myxomatosis and RHD by means of one injection. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks' of age and require an annual booster injection.
Due to the wake of a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, there is a new vaccine now available to protect your bunnies against this deadly disease.