Information for Domestic Rabbit Owners

Rabbit owners help prevent the spread of RHDV2 by taking general prevention efforts described on our WHAT CAN YOU DO page.

Below are specific actions that domestic rabbit owners can take to further reduce the risk of spreading RHDV2:

  • Immediately report sick or dead rabbits to your state wildlife or agriculture agency. Do not handle the animal unless direct otherwise. If possible, mark the location with flagging or another object, or record the GPS coordinates.
  • Clean your clothes and shoes after any interactions with a rabbit.
  • Limit your movement of products that have come in contact with rabbits.

How can I protect my rabbit?

  • Avoid areas affected by the disease.
  • Keep your rabbits inside, away from rabbits that may carry the disease.
  • Practice sound biosecurity measures (see WHAT CAN YOU DO page).
  • Vaccinate your domestic rabbits to minimize your rabbit’s risk of death.

You can find a printable document containing this information
under the DOCUMENTS provided on our RESOURCES page.

For additional information, please see what specific actions other groups can take: