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We’ve had a few myxomatosis cases in our practices recently, so here are a few tips and signs to look out for from Head Nurse Beatrice at easipetcare Dartford:
“Common clinical signs of myxomatosis are: swelling of the ears, eyes, mouth and genitals; very thick white discharge from the eyes; lethargy and loss of appetite. If an owner is concerned they should see a vet ASAP! If caught early it may be treatable but sadly it can be fatal. It’s very infectious so good hygiene is essential and if a rabbit is confirmed to have contracted myxomatosis it must be isolated from any other housemates, and the healthy rabbits should be handled 1st or by a different member of the family, and hands must be washed thoroughly to prevent spreading infection.”
The RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) urges all rabbit owners to make sure their rabbit is vaccinated against the disease and boosters are kept up to date.
If you’re worried about the disease or need advice about similar symptoms affecting your precious bunny, speak to the team at your nearest practice who will be more than happy to help.