Abbey Green Rabbit Stud

Purebred Mini Lop & Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

Nail Clipping & Other Services

Nail Clipping

Abbey Green Rabbit Stud have many years of experience clipping pet nails and I cater for even the most difficult of small pets. I offer stress free, affordable nail clipping for rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and kittens. 


One pet = $10. Two pets = $18. Each additional pet = $5 each.


Please do not hesitate if you are concerned or embarrassed that you may have let your pet's nails grow too long. I am happy to help and can offer non-judgemental advice on how to manage your pet's nails for the future. The priority is that your pet's feet are healthy and comfortable.



Mite Treatment

Ivermectin (aka Ivomec)


Ivermectin is the preferred treatment for fur mites, sarcopic mange mites and ear mites/ear canker. Mites are usually caught from old or dusty hay and can cause hair loss, head shake, head tilt, inflamed ears, crusty skin, dandruff like skin. Ivermectin is widely accepted as a safer and more effective alternative to commercially available mite sprays. Application is a simple spot-on treatment on the back of the neck. Two to three applications are usually required; an initial treatment, and treatments 10-14 days following. 

One vial allows for up to 50 treatments; thus very economical and far cheaper than revolution drop on treatment.


Ivermectin $25 including applicator 

(Approx 50 treatments based on a 2 kg rabbit)



Calicivirus Vaccination

RHD - Rabbit Haemorraghic Disease (Calicivirus) and Vaccination


There is only ONE vaccination available in Australia, known as 'Cylap'. 


** Are you unsure what the vaccine covers? **

RHDV1 (traditional calicivirus) and RHDV1 K5 (initial release March 2017)

Check the facts at Australian Vet Association: www.ava.com.au/rabbit-calicivirus 


You can also keep your rabbit safe by implementing basic biosecurity controls: 

www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/releases/2017/pet-rabbit-protection-tips



WHAT IS CALICIVIRUS?

There are currently three pathogenic strains of calicivirus in Australia. Calicivirus is a highly contagious fatal disease, for which there is no treatment. Severe internal bleeding (liver and lungs) usually leads to death within 48 hours of contracting the disease. There are often no symptoms, but rabbits may present with seizures, laboured breathing, or be found with blood on the nose and/or bottom. Calicivirus is spread by direct contact, insects - including mosquitos and flies, and fomites (small particles). This means all rabbits can be at risk, even if housed indoors. 

Vaccination is critical to give your rabbit the best protection. 


RHDV1

 The traditional strain of the virus was first released in Australia in 1995. It is species specific, meaning only rabbits can contract it. While this strain was initially very effective at reducing feral rabbits, over time, some of the population have developed natural immunity, hence a new solution was explored.


RHDV1 K5 Korean Calicivirus Virus (RHD Boost Project)

RHD Boost is a national project involving the release of a Korean variant of the calicivirus across Australia. The new variant was chosen as it impacts younger babies and is more effective in cooler, wetter climate areas.The K5 virus was first released in March 2017. More info is available here: www.pestsmart.org.au/boosting-rabbit-biocontrol-rhdv-k5-national-release/ 

K5 is expected to further reduce rabbit numbers, and cause more rapid death than the current strain of RHDV1. K5 is species specific.

Preliminary studies have shown that the Cylap vaccine, developed for RHDV1, offers good protection against the K5 strain. 

See the link for details: www.pestsmart.org.au/rhdv-k5-what-about-my-pet-rabbit/


RHDV2 - New Virus Strain

RHDV2 is the most recent strain to arrive in Australia, and was detected in WA in August 2016. Little is known about this new strain, however RHDV2 is known to have affected European rabbits as well as many varieties of hare (only one hare variety lives in Australia). It has a longer incubation period of 3-9 days and can cause rapid death, or illness can take course over a period of a few weeks through liver damage.

There is NO vaccine available at this time, however research is underway to develop a specific vaccine. 

We will advise on our website when  the new vaccination becomes available.

The AVA are recommending new vaccination protocols using the original vaccine, but this is considered "off-label" use as an evidence base is yet to be gathered to support the practice. 


Vaccination Protocol 

As per the AVA recommendation (as at 19/1/18)

Babies: 4, 8, 12 weeks of age, then every 6 months.

Adults: 2 vaccinations 1 month apart, then every 6 months.

This protocol is off-label. Cylap is not registered for use against RHDV2 or for 6 monthly use.



IF YOU HAVE A UNEXPLAINED RABBIT DEATH, PLEASE REQUEST YOUR VET SEND A LIVER SAMPLE FOR TESTING



Please enquire regarding vaccination.