RHDV-2 Vaccine for Rabbits & Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs Available at our Murray Clinic beginning 4/18/22
Our affordable pet clinics in Murray, Utah and St. George, Utah will begin offering Leptospirosis vaccines to the public after Monday, April 18, 2022. Our Murray clinic will also be offering RHDV-2 Vaccines to pet rabbits by appointment at that time.
Leptospirosis has been associated with water sports in contaminated lakes and rivers, especially in tropical or temperate climates, so it can be a hazard for those who travel and do a lot of outdoor activities with their dogs.
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. Dogs can become infected and develop leptospirosis if they come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people. Infection in people can cause flu-like symptoms and can cause liver or kidney disease. Leptospirosis is more common in areas with warm climates and high annual rainfall but it can occur anywhere.
- The vaccination requires a booster 3-4 weeks later. After the booster is given, the vaccination is effective for one year.
- Customers do not need to schedule an appointment for vaccinations at our Murray Clinic, but all vaccinations are by appointment at our St. George location.
- Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old to receive the vaccination.
The Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Vaccine will be available at our Murray, Utah clinic by appointment after 4/18
RHDV-2 in domestic rabbits has recently been documented in Salt Lake and Washington County.
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a highly contagious, fatal disease in rabbits and is currently classified as a reportable, foreign animal disease in the United States. It has been spreading to multiple states across the Southwest since 2020. The vaccine should be fully protective 14 days after the second vaccine booster, which should be given 3 weeks after the first dose.
- It requires an appointment in the Murray clinic. Customers can call 801-261-2919 ext 230 to schedule and need to make sure to mention upfront that they are scheduling for a rabbit (since we don’t take appointments for other pet vaccinations). Appointments will allow us to provide a lower-stress environment for rabbits.
- Rabbits must be at least 8 weeks old to receive the vaccination.
- The vaccination costs $40 and the USDA requires that the bunny is microchipped to receive the vaccine. We can provide the microchip implant for an additional $35. Your rabbit will need a booster (or second dose) three weeks later, which costs an additional $40.
If you have any questions about the preventative health services provided by our Affordable Clinics in Murray or St. George, please visit Clinic Locations to learn more.