Myxomatosis is a very severe disease among rabbits which almost always results in death. Unfortunately, if your rabbit isn’t vaccinated before being subject to the disease, the chances of survival are very slim.
Symptoms can depend on the rabbit and how early you catch the disease, however, they can be the following:
Unfortunately, there’s no treatment for an unvaccinated rabbit. If your unvaccinated rabbit does develop Myxomatosis, there is, unfortunately, a mortality rate of 99.8%.
If your rabbit is already vaccinated, you rabbits chance of survival is around 50% (Assuming all vaccines are up to date).
Yes, you can vaccinate your rabbit every year to help protect from different strains of myxomatosis.
One of the main causes of Myxomatosis is insect bites, this can be prevented very easily by following these steps:
If you have multiple rabbits, you will want to make sure that everything is cleaned thoroughly as the Myxomatosis virus can live in various locations; The hutch, water bowls / bottles, food bowls, hay, beds & toys.
Your first point of action is to contact your local vet for an emergency appointment. The sooner you suspect an issue, the sooner you should contact your vet.