Ainsdale greenbelt – Suspected outbreak of myxomatosis

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Today I was walking on the Ainsdale sand dunes, close to the old Lido site, when I spotted a rabbit with what looked like Myxomatosis symptoms.

It was apparently almost blind with very puffed up eyes. The poor creature was clearly distressed. I took a fast photo but the animal immediately staggered off into undergrowth.

sand dunes ots southport I have witnessed rabbits with this horrible illness before in Yorkshire and it is a ghastly thing for them to catch, which may lead to a slow and painful death. 

Pets Beware! 

If you have pet rabbits then it is strongly recommended that you are up to date with their vaccinations. See your vet for details.

The RSPCA say … 

Rabbits need vaccinations to prevent/protect against myxomatosis and Rabbit (Viral) Haemorrhagic Disease (R(V)HD) which cause intense suffering to rabbits.
We strongly recommend vaccinating all rabbits.

  • Single vaccines against myxomatosis and RHD cannot be given simultaneously. Myxomatosis boosters are needed every six months. Myxomatosis vaccinations from six weeks. RHD vaccinations at eight weeks.
  • Combined vaccines offer annual protection against both diseases. Rabbits can be vaccinated from five weeks.
  • Get veterinary advice about the most suitable vaccination course and best ages to vaccinate.

rabbit paul cath  (1)Prevent and Protect – keep your pets healthy…  

Give regular boosters throughout life, see your vet.

Controlling insects may reduce infection risk. Deter flies/mosquitoes e.g. insect-proof screens. Ensure your home and all pets are treated for fleas as advised by your vet. Fleas from cats infect rabbits.

Regularly clean/disinfect rabbits’ enclosure/areas rabbit’s access, using rabbit-safe disinfectant. Change bedding/litter regularly. Never use housing/bedding from rabbits infected/suspected to have/have had RHD/myxomatosis.

Prevent contact with wild/affected domestic rabbits or access to areas where they’ve been.

ots-preeceCllr Preece has reported this to Coast and Countryside immediately.

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