Hello there, and welcome to my blog. I’ve never blogged before. I have no idea how to do this. I’d rather not be doing this. In the nicest possible way, I’d rather there was no need for you to be reading this.
We have recently been confirmed as having RHD2 (rabbit haemorrhagic disease, new variant 2, (RHD previously known as VHD) here in one of my groups of bunnies, so I wanted to set something up to chart what happens, my observations, and anything else that may be of interest or use to others. It goes without saying that in the event of any concerns of your own, seek prompt veterinary advice. But I hope that at least something here will be helpful. And maybe also a little cathartic for me, not least because it’s the sort of disease that you have to encounter and deal with alone. Pretty much all the people who can empathise and understand how I feel are unable to provide the sort of hands-on support I could do with, because they have rabbits of their own. And obviously I don’t want to let them anywhere near me or the house for now.
I have a pair of rabbits of my own, and I also rescue and rehome on a very small scale. At the moment I have twelve rabbits in total – my own two, a pair of lovely healthy sisters, a (beautifully psychopathic) single female, and a mother with six babies who are now 9 weeks old. They were a surprise, she arrived via another rescue contact and had allegedly been living alone in a vivarium when she was rescued. Clearly wasn’t always alone though, as she was booked in for her spay but she gave birth to seven beautiful babies before the op date arrived! Sadly one of the babies succumbed to the RHD2 and we have had one other who has been poorly, but has subsequently rallied, although I don’t think he is completely out of the woods yet.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I don’t expect you to ‘enjoy’ the read, but please do read and share, as it’s a little way for me to feel encouraged that there is some point in my endeavours at sharing the journey and I hope that at least some little snippet will be helpful to someone. But for now I’m going to grab a large glass of sauvignon blanc and crack on with the first blog post.
[Edit 28/07/2016: we are now over the RHD2 saga but life has taken another cruel twist and we now have a (vaccinated) bunny come down with myxomatosis. So don’t be confused if you’re starting at the top of the blog posts and it seems to be about myxi and not RHD. Scroll all the way down and start from the bottom and it will all make more sense. Possibly. It would be helpful if there was an index of sorts so that you could link to each blog post individually, but for some reason it has formed a giant long chain. Probably my fault in choosing the format I did, and I have no idea how to change it. Sorry.]