Rabbit FAQs


How effective is the vaccine in preventing RHDV-2?

It has been shown to be highly effective.

Will my rabbit infect other rabbits after being vaccinated?


How old does my rabbit need to be to get his vaccine?

4 weeks or older.

How long does it take for the vaccine to be effective?

14 days after the booster injection, which is done 3 weeks after the first vaccination. Annual booster shots will be required for continued immunity.

What side effects should I expect?

A small swelling at the injection site may develop, a slight temporary fever may occur, and your rabbit may be lethargic for a day or two after the injection.

Is it safe for pregnant or nursing rabbits?

A full study of the safety has not yet been completed.

Is it safe for previously vaccinated rabbits to be vaccinated with the new vaccine?

This vaccine has gone through safety testing in accordance with USDA standard. It has been determined safe and approved for use with a two-dose regimen.

What is the cost of the initial vaccine?

The cost of the initial vaccine is $45.

  • If your rabbit has had an exam at our clinic within the past 10 months, you may schedule the initial vaccine with one of our veterinary technicians. The fee for the nurse exam is $15.
  • If your rabbit has not been seen at the clinic within the past 10 months, he/she must be scheduled for a wellness exam. The initial vaccine will be given at that time. The cost of the exam is $87.

What is the cost of the booster vaccine in 3 weeks?

This can be done by one of our veterinary technicians and the cost is $45. There is no charge for the nurse exam.

How do I schedule a vaccine for my rabbit?

Call the clinic at 412-595-7843 to schedule your rabbit’s appointment.

More information about RHDV-2 can be found at the following links: