For the prevention of rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD).
Rabbit calicivirus is present in the saliva, nasal secretions and excreta of infected rabbits. It is spread by either direct contact with infected rabbits, or indirectly in green feed, on clothing or other objects, or by carrier birds and other animals. Studies have shown that this virus can survive in the environment for variable times at different temperatures. Insect vectors are also thought to spread the RCD virus.
Vaccination against RCD can prevent pets, show rabbits and breeding rabbits from becoming infected with the disease and spreading it to others.
To prevent exposure to the virus and other diseases such as myxomatosis, husbandry and management should include the following precautionary practices:
avoid direct and indirect contact with wild rabbits, including sources or supplies of green feed that could be contaminated
house rabbits in insect proof facilities
quarantine any newly introduced rabbits for at least 7 days away from other rabbits to ensure they show no signs of illness
avoid contact with other people's rabbits, e.g. from possible contaminated hutches, equipment, feed and transport
maintain hygiene and a disinfection program using suitable disinfectants
ask you veterinarian's advice immediately if your rabbit seems unwell
protect your rabbit by vaccination. Your veterinarian will be able to advise on this.
Subcutaneous injection. Shake the vial well before administration. Unused vaccine must be discarded within 10 hours of opening.
Rabbits should be vaccinated at 2.5 – 3 months. If animals are vaccinated before the age of 2.5 months, they should be revaccinated at 3 to 4 weekly intervals until they are 3 months old.
Healthy animals over 3 months of age in normal conditions may have lifelong protection against rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) following a single dose of vaccine. However, to ensure maintenance of immunity, an annual booster dose is recommended.
Pregnant does should be handled with extreme care.
Unused vaccine must be discarded within 10 hours of opening.
Avoid accidental self-injection. If this occurs, seek medical advice.
No vaccine is completely effective under all circumstances since immunological incompetence, disease in incubation, parasitic and nutritional disorders and poor management practices may reduce effectiveness.
On rare occasions adverse reactions may be observed. Hair loss and pruritis at the site of injection may occur for up to 3 weeks post vaccination. Anorexia and prostration have also been reported.
The vaccine should be stored between 4°C and 7°C (Refrigerate. Do not freeze). Protect from light.
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