Vaccinate Pet Rabbits Now

Rabbit owners in the Hawkesbury are being reminded to vaccinate their pet rabbits due to the release of the new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-K5) in the Hawkesbury.

The new rabbit control program using the strain of RHDV-K5 underway and is scheduled to run through to the end of March. Greater Sydney Local Land Services co-ordinates the rabbit control program in NSW with the support of major landholders, local councils and environmental agencies.

The program takes an integrated approach to the reduction and management of feral rabbits. Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact on our environment. The rabbit control program aims to protect native flora and reduce the amount of damage to grassed areas.

Vaccinating rabbits for RHDV-K5 early will ensure the immunity of a domestic rabbit if it comes into contact with the virus, which is mainly spread by contact between other rabbits (including their urine and faeces) and insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and flies. Owners of pet rabbits should consult with their vet and maintain a vaccination program to protect their rabbits.

Members of the public can now access a website and mobile phone app to provide the State Government with real time data on feral animal locations and trends. This information can then be used by Government and land owners to provide resources to target priority areas. Rabbitscan is available at the FeralScan website.

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