The only reliable way to protect the livestock of a rabbit farm from viruses of hemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis is the associated vaccine. It allows you to develop your pets resistance to pathogens of deadly infections, as well as strengthen the immune system. This vaccine, which contains attenuated strains of IUV and myxoma, has a complex effect, allowing you to protect animals from infection and subsequent death.
Incurable Deadly Disease
Rabbits do not have strong natural immunity and are not able to resist hemorrhagic disease of rabbits and myxomatosis. These infections can infect all the livestock of a livestock farm for several days, causing a massive death of the animals.
When a viral hemorrhagic disease pathogen penetrates into the shed, mass infection of rabbits occurs within 2-3 days.
In animals, the appetite completely disappears, convulsions begin, and from pain the rabbits begin to squeak and groan. Mortality occurs in 90-100% of animals. Individuals with stronger immunity can survive, but become carriers of this dangerous infection. Read more in the article "Hemorrhagic disease in rabbits."
Depending on the type of rabbit myxomatosis virus, the livestock mortality rate can reach 70-100%. The pathogen is extremely resistant to environmental factors and can maintain its viability for several years.
After infection in rabbits, puffiness appears on the body, purulent conjunctivitis, and signs of pneumonia. Animals die within 1-2 weeks, quickly infecting all the inhabitants of the rabbit farm. Read more in the article "About myxomatosis in rabbits."
Vaccination is the best way to protect it.
To date, there is no reliable way to treat these viral infections. To protect livestock, it is best to vaccinate rabbits from myxomatosis and UHD using a complex or associated vaccine.
In solitary breeding of ornamental rabbits at home, it is not necessary to vaccinate them. In this case, the risk of infection with myxomatosis and VGBK is extremely low (especially if you are not in contact with other owners of these animals).
With industrial breeding, the risk of introduction of myxomatosis and UHD rabbits into the shed is significantly increased. Viruses spread through feed, contaminated water, litter, and can also be carried on the clothing of the rabbit breeder.
In unfavorable regions of this indicator in the summertime, carriers of pathogens can be insects, and with direct contact of animals with each other, infection occurs guaranteed.
Increases immunity, but does not cure the disease
Rabbits have a very weak immunity. They are difficult to carry infectious diseases. The only way to protect them is a comprehensive vaccination.
The most reliable routine vaccination with the help of the associated vaccine for rabbits, which contains attenuated strains of viruses.
It should be understood that by making vaccines against myxomatosis and UGBC in rabbits, you cannot be guaranteed to protect them from infection. But make the animal organism produce antibodies that can destroy the pathogens without giving them the opportunity to multiply massively.
The associated vaccine against myxomatosis and viral hemorrhagic disease is not a complete medicine. It does not make sense to use it to treat infected animals. It is intended only to immunize rabbits and develop a sustainable immunity to these diseases.
Timely administration of vaccine to rabbits is the only way to prevent the development of these dangerous diseases. Otherwise, a complete loss of livestock is possible.
Associated drug of complex action
The vaccine against myxomatosis and VGBK dry is sold in any veterinary pharmacy. It is a light brown dry matter, which must be dissolved in sterile saline before administration.
In sealed ampoules can be 1.2 or 0.5 ml of the active substance. Also, the drug can be produced in bottles with a capacity of 10 or 20 ml of dry powder. Such containers should be sealed with tight rubber caps and rolled up with aluminum caps.
On each bottle, the manufacturer's data, the date of manufacture and the warranty storage period, as well as the number of doses of veterinary preparation are applied with indelible ink.
In each box must be placed instructions and instructions on how to conduct vaccination.
The drug is absolutely harmless when administered to healthy animals that have reached a weight of 500 g. The vaccine is guaranteed to increase resistance to these infections already 3 days after you inoculate rabbits against myxomatosis and HBV.
Manufacturers guarantee that the animal will be able to resist infections for one year, but in industrial conditions, rabbits are vaccinated in large quantities at least once every 6–9 months.
Plant only healthy and strong rabbits.
It is advisable to vaccinate only healthy rabbits. If there are pathogens in their bodies, the disease course accelerates and the animal quickly dies.
If mono vaccinations for rabbits from myxomatosis are done when they reach the age of 28 days, then the associated vaccination of animals is carried out at the age of 1.5 months and they gain a weight of 0.5 kg. Smaller rabbit vaccinate impractical.
In prosperous farms it is enough to vaccinate rabbits for myxomatosis and UHD once in 9 months.
In dysfunctional farms, three months after the initial vaccination of young stock, vaccinations are repeated. Then repeated at least once every six months.
Rabbits can be vaccinated at all stages of pregnancy, but it is necessary to do this in the last days before childbirth only in extraordinary situations.
Methods of administration and dose
In order to properly vaccinate rabbits for myxomatosis and VGBK, it is best to invite a veterinarian. He will examine the animals, identifying other abnormalities in their health. However, you can vaccinate animals yourself, for which you need to use the instructions attached to the preparation.
There are three main ways to get vaccinated for myxomatosis and HBV:
- intradermal injection;
- subcutaneous vaccination;
- intramuscular injection.
With the intradermal method, the drug is injected into the inner ear, and the puncture resembles the Mantoux reaction in children. Therefore, the dosage of saline is 0.2 ml per dose associated vaccine.
If the vaccine against IHD and myxomatosis is administered subcutaneously, then one dose of the drug must be dissolved in 0.5 ml of saline. On the thigh of the animal skin is stretched, and the drug is injected into the subcutaneous layer.
The same amount of saline is required for intramuscular administration of the vaccine to the thigh muscle.
Pre-swallow the animals
Comprehensive vaccine for myxomatosis and UGBC has no contraindications, but you should refrain from its introduction to weakened animals and little rabbits, who have not gained a weight of 500 g.
The little rabbit has a stronger immune system than an adult animal, so it is not advisable to give him any vaccinations before the age of one month. The optimal time for its initial comprehensive vaccination is to be at least 45 days old.
Before vaccination, it is necessary to treat animals with the use of anthelmintic medications. Worms poison the body of the rabbit with toxic substances, and it may not be able to withstand even a weakened strain of myxomatosis and VGBK.
In rare cases, the vaccine may die. But this happens only if the rabbit is already infected with viruses and goes through the incubation period of the disease.
Violation of the scheme of vaccinations, overdose or administration of an insufficient dose of the drug, as well as the use of expired or incorrectly stored vaccines can lead to infection.
Purchase only high-quality vaccine.
Huge risk can be borne by the purchase of non-certified vaccines on the black market or from dealers. These preparations can be made without observance of technical conditions, and strains B-87 of UGBA and B-82 of the virus of myxoma will be in insufficient quantity or absent altogether.
If you are worried about the health of pets and the productivity of the rabbit farm, then buy medications only in proven veterinary pharmacies or veterinary facilities.
Never use a vaccine that has expired. It is subject to mandatory destruction by pre-boiling. With this simple technique, you will destroy viruses that, even in small quantities, can be dangerous for your pets.
Remember that only if you follow all the recommendations and requirements of the instructions of this complex drug, you can reliably protect rabbits from infection and death.
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