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Vets warn: Protect against deadly rabbit disease.

BELOVED pets are being killed by a deadly rabbit disease.

The disease, RVHD-2, has struck down six in Cornwall and has now been seen in parts of the country further north, like Warwickshire.

Rabbit owners are being warned to protect their furry friends following suspected cases.

Avonvale Vets has confirmed a suspected outbreak of VHD2 in Warwickshire, a disease which can kill rabbits within hours of them falling ill.

They've seen two suspected cases in Leamington and one in Kenilworth. It's a very nasty condition and can only be protected against with a vaccination.

Victoria Clark, a veterinary surgeon at Avonvale's Heathcote practice, said: "This is a very dangerous, deadly disease and all rabbits are at risk, even indoor bunnies, as the disease is transmitted very easily.

"The standard VHD vaccination, which is combined with myxomatosis, only protects against one strain of VHD.

"A further vaccination is necessary to protect against the more recent strain to give the best protection.

"We're urging all rabbit owners to give us a call as soon as possible to discuss their pet's vaccine status or book in for an updated vaccination."

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