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xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 14:14
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_haemorrhagic_disease_virus

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease is running rife again :( Its used to control rabbit populations, but unfortunately it kills just as many domestic animals. 2 of my house rabbits have died of this -- one last year, one today. They usually don't show any symptons, although my dear Pheobe had a stuffy nose and died within 48 hours -- the expected time of death. If you have a rabbit, please get it vaccinated against this, because farmers still use this method and it only causes heartbreak :(
I was completely clueless to this, and the vets didn't even know what was wrong with her until it was too late -- there is no cure for RHD. It is transmitted by flies, other rabbits, through the air and they'll get it. Has any one else lost their special pet due to this disgusting disease?

I can't actually believe farmers are still allowed to do this... humane my ass.

EDIT: I also feel I should add it is used worldwide.

scion05
27-08-10, 14:15
My god, it's like this forum has become the animal defence league :ton:

Still, a shame non-the-less.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 14:16
My god, it's like this forum has become the animal defence league :ton:

Still, a shame non-the-less.

If you hadn't noticed I'm very passionate about animals, and also I've just found out my rabbit is dead.

scion05
27-08-10, 14:19
If you hadn't noticed I'm very passionate about animals, and also I've just found out my rabbit is dead.

It'd be hard not to :p

But yeah your loss is horrible. I don't know what I'd do if I lost any of my errr *counts*... 9 pets... the cats, parrots, tarantulas, I'd miss them all deeply.

I already lost one tarantula spiderling just earlier this year, really gutted, I was trying my best but it wasn't to be.

SkyPuppy
27-08-10, 14:19
oh my god... your rabbit died, Hayley? i am so very sorry hun. :( i've lost a rabbit before and it broke my heart since he was the first animal i have ever lost... that was years ago, though, but it wasn't due to this.

i have a rabbit so i will make sure to do this asap. thank you for posting this information. once again, i am very sorry your bunny died. :(

Encore
27-08-10, 14:21
Sorry to hear about your pet. :(

Rabbits are a huge problem for farmers but they should use a method that isn't so contagious. To have such a dangerous disease running wild like that doesn't sound safe at all.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 14:22
It'd be hard not to :p

But yeah your loss is horrible. I don't know what I'd do if I lost any of my errr *counts*... 9 pets... the cats, parrots, tarantulas, I'd miss them all deeply.

I already lost one tarantula spiderling just earlier this year, really gutted, I was trying my best but it wasn't to be.

Im sorry to hear about that.

oh my god... your rabbit died, Hayley? i am so very sorry hun. :( i've lost a rabbit before and it broke my heart since he was the first animal i have ever lost... that was years ago, though, but it wasn't due to this.

i have a rabbit so i will make sure to do this asap. thank you for posting this information. once again, i am very sorry your bunny died. :(

Yeah :( I wish our vets were more informed around here, they don't actually provide the vaccine. And thanks for acting upon this -- I wouldn't want you to loose yours. Unfortunately due to this disease being rife in our area, I won't be getting another rabbit.

@Encore - I know :/ and unlike mxymotosis it has no or little symptons, so the owners can't do anything.

scion05
27-08-10, 14:23
I don't see why they don't do something to stop them from reproducing as fast. In the town where I live we had a pigeon problem, literally thousands of them, so the borough started lacing their food with contraceptives. I know, Pigeons on the pill sounds funny, but you don't see half as many of them as you used to do.

So my mum says anyway, but there really has been a decrease in the amount you see.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 14:25
I don't see why they don't do something to stop them from reproducing as fast. In the town where I live we had a pigeon problem, literally thousands of them, so the borough started lacing their food with contraceptives. I know, Pigeons on the pill sounds funny, but you don't see half as many of them like you used to do.

So my mum says anyway, but there really has been a decrease in the amount you see.

As long as that is humane that sounds so much better :( I hate diseases that can literally be transferred through air or flies or clothes or anything. Its so stupid.

scion05
27-08-10, 14:27
The question is, how would they do it to rabbits? The only way they could really get rid of rabbits is to shoot them, or to spray the produce with pesticides or deterrants, but that would affect the quality.

It's a tough one. Do you have any other rabbits? I was going to suggest moving any remaining pets inside.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 14:28
I don't know :( But Pheobe was indoors -- she was a house rabbit. My other house rabbit died the same time last year due to this. And no, I have no more rabbits nor will I get any more :(

Laras Dream
27-08-10, 14:28
oh my god... your rabbit died, Hayley? i am so very sorry hun. :( i've lost a rabbit before and it broke my heart since he was the first animal i have ever lost... that was years ago, though, but it wasn't due to this.

i have a rabbit so i will make sure to do this asap. thank you for posting this information. once again, i am very sorry your bunny died. :(
This, Only a fox killed mine when I was a child. :(

lara c. fan
27-08-10, 15:04
My rabbit died while I was on holiday. My guinea pig as well. We live in hope my dog won't die while we're on holiday.

cbragg09
27-08-10, 15:16
My god, it's like this forum has become the animal defence league :ton:

Still, a shame non-the-less.

Thats okay, Id rather fight for the protection of defensless animals than waging war or heated political debates. I mean those are far more important but to me saving and helping animals is just as important.



Also Im sorry to hear about your loss Haley. I dont own any rabbits (although Id like to!) and I hope anyone here who owns one will heed your warning. Thanks for the heads up :)

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 15:17
Thats okay, Id rather fight for the protection of defensless animals than waging war or heated political debates. I mean those are far more important but to me saving and helping animals is just as important.



Also Im sorry to hear about your loss Haley. I dont own any rabbits (although Id like to!) and I hope anyone here who owns one will heed your warning. Thanks for the heads up :)

thankyou :( :hug: xx

michaeldt
27-08-10, 15:20
erm, my rabbit has just died in a very horrible way :( I'm not going to go into details about her death but do you think it could be related? she was fine hours before, but then after that....

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 15:22
erm, my rabbit has just died in a very horrible way :( I'm not going to go into details about her death but do you think it could be related? she was fine hours before, but then after that....

please go into details :(

Rai
27-08-10, 15:47
I'm sorry about your rabbit, hayley :( :hug:.

It's horrible that domestic rabbits are suffering and dying because farmers use this method of controlling the rabbit population. I hope a more humane way is found soon.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 15:49
I'm sorry about your rabbit, hayley :( :hug:.

It's horrible that domestic rabbits are suffering and dying because farmers use this method of controlling the rabbit population. I hope a more humane way is found soon.

thanks Rai, and I know :( :hug: I want to create awareness for it.

michaeldt
27-08-10, 15:52
please go into details :(

its pretty nasty, I don't really want to

Ward Dragon
27-08-10, 15:53
Any disease with "hemorrhagic" in the title must be vicious :( I'm surprised they'd use a disease like that. I like the contraceptives-in-the-food idea that someone mentioned about the pigeons, but I guess with a farm there's too much risk of contaminating produce that will be eaten by humans.

Anyway, it looks like the vaccine only lasts a year, so people should get their rabbits vaccinated again even if they did it last year.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 15:53
its pretty nasty, I don't really want to

Well then I wont be able to tell if it was related or not. I can deal with nasty.

@ward dragon - yeah i know :( and yeah it needs to be done yearly. It a shame I've just realised this now.

Lara's Nemesis
27-08-10, 15:55
Sorry to hear about your rabbit, it is always really tough losing a pet.:hug:

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 15:56
Sorry to hear about your rabbit, it is always really tough losing a pet.:hug:

:hug:

BlueJ97
27-08-10, 15:58
do hope you get a new rabbit hayley :hug:
it's sad losing the one you loved forever :(

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 16:24
do hope you get a new rabbit hayley :hug:
it's sad losing the one you loved forever :(

I dont think I will :( At least not for now. and yeahh :(

tranniversary119
27-08-10, 16:29
I have a Rabbit, and he's still in good shape. I'll have to go get him vaccinated then! Thanks for the heads up, and sorry about your rabbit /:

BlueJ97
27-08-10, 16:29
I dont think I will :( At least not for now. and yeahh :(
:(
hope your gonna be okay :hug:

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 16:35
I have a Rabbit, and he's still in good shape. I'll have to go get him vaccinated then! Thanks for the heads up, and sorry about your rabbit /:

good that you will act upon it :hug:

:(
hope your gonna be okay :hug:

:hug:

Super Badnik
27-08-10, 17:11
I'm so sorry about your rabbit Haley. Poor thing. :(

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 17:28
I'm so sorry about your rabbit Haley. Poor thing. :(

Aye she was lush :( Im distraught shes gone. Its really sad going upstairs to see her empty cage so as soon as thats out hopefully things will stop hurting so much. She loved melon and I just fed the slices we left out for her to the rats :(

Alpharaider47
27-08-10, 18:01
Aw Hayley I'm sorry to hear that :( :hug:

Tombraiderx08
27-08-10, 19:43
Oh my goodness, that's awful :( im sorry to hear that! :hug:

robm_2007
27-08-10, 19:55
If you hadn't noticed I'm very passionate about animals, and also I've just found out my rabbit is dead.

im sorry about your bunny:hug:

even though your pet passed, maybe this thread will help others to save their own.

xXhayleyroxXx
27-08-10, 22:02
thanks you lot :( & @robm_2007 - thats what im hoping this thread will do.

star-dust
28-08-10, 04:42
I am so sorry to hear about your rabbit. :(
:hug:

Shark_Blade
28-08-10, 04:50
My uncle used to bred rabbits but they reproduce very quickly. In the end, we slay all of them and made soup. It was delicious though. :)

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 08:26
My uncle used to bred rabbits but they reproduce very quickly. In the end, we slay all of them and made soup. It was delicious though. :)

I swear you purposefully try to **** me out. gtfo.

Lara_Fan_33
28-08-10, 08:39
im really sorry about your bunny hayley :hug: i know what its like to lose a dear furry friend :( but ive never been the biggest fan of rabbits after one litterally destroyed my leg :pi: :vlol: but thank you for making this thread, im sure it will help people and prevent their bunnies from suffering the same fate :hug: (i am also a hardcore animal lover)

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 08:40
im really sorry about your bunny hayley :hug: i know what its like to lose a dear furry friend :( but ive never been the biggest fan of rabbits after one litterally destroyed my leg :pi: :vlol: but thank you for making this thread, im sure it will help people and prevent their bunnies from suffering the same fate :hug:

yeah :( but it was no trouble. And I was thinking -- if and when I get in the RSPCA im making sure there's leaflets about these vaccines everywhere animal-ish. :pi:

Alpharaider47
28-08-10, 08:41
yeah :( but it was no trouble. And I was thinking -- if and when I get in the RSPCA im making sure there's leaflets about these vaccines everywhere animal-ish. :pi:

That sounds like a good plan, is this disease very common these days?

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 08:44
That sounds like a good plan, is this disease very common these days?

Its getting increasingly more common -- so yes. It was the same time last year my other rabbit died of this.

Lara_Fan_33
28-08-10, 08:46
Its getting increasingly more common -- so yes. It was the same time last year my other rabbit died of this.

wow :eek: its so strange ive never heard of it before! does it affect other animals or humans?

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 08:48
wow :eek: its so strange ive never heard of it before! does it affect other animals or humans?

Well I'd never heard of it either! Or my bunnies wouldn't have died. And no, no; just rabbits. It wouldn't affect humans because humans made it to kill rabbits.

lara c. fan
28-08-10, 08:49
wow :eek: its so strange ive never heard of it before! does it affect other animals or humans?
If it affected humans, we wouldn't be seeing its use.

Lara_Fan_33
28-08-10, 08:50
right stupid me :hea: sorry im a bit of a zombie atm :p

Alpharaider47
28-08-10, 08:52
Its getting increasingly more common -- so yes. It was the same time last year my other rabbit died of this.

That's not cool, but if you can pin down the time frame when it's really common that'll probably help you out somehow. It's a shame that this how you had to find out :(

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 08:55
right stupid me :hea: sorry im a bit of a zombie atm :p

Its fine :hug: its an easy mistake to make!

That's not cool, but if you can pin down the time frame when it's really common that'll probably help you out somehow. It's a shame that this how you had to find out :(

I know :/ The vets in this area are really bad -- and expensive. Its why I wont buy a gambian pouched rat because they are just as likely to get something nasty like rabbits (particularly breathing difficulties) and its suggested you get a good vet. Its a shame :(

EDIT: even with one of my little domestic rats -- we had to buy a 100 jar of medicine for him :pi:

Alpharaider47
28-08-10, 08:57
I know :/ The vets in this area are really bad -- and expensive. Its why I wont buy a gambian pouched rat because they are just as likely to get something nasty like rabbits (particularly breathing difficulties) and its suggested you get a good vet. Its a shame :(

Wow it's one thing if it's expensive but good! Is there nothing that can be done?

xXhayleyroxXx
28-08-10, 09:29
Wow it's one thing if it's expensive but good! Is there nothing that can be done?

nothing. Unless we get better vets up here. They're more specialised in farm animals since we live in an agricultural place.