Since the September 2018 confirmation of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus, Type 2 (RHDV2) in Medina, OH biosecurity has been a hot topic of discussion.
At this point, much good information has been shared about biosecurity, but there is still a large portion of rabbit owners who either don’t believe they have anything to worry about, or think that biosecurity ONLY pertains to threats like RHDV2.
That is just not true!
Biosecurity is, by definition:
There are numerous “biological agents” that affect rabbits, and biosecurity is always our first line of defense against them. RHDV2 is just the newest (and rarest) one we are aware of here in the United States.
Three specific, very common, pathogens that every rabbitry, but particularly rabbitries that breed, should be well informed about and practice good biosecurity for are:
Pasturella ( P multocida being a rabbitries primary concern)
Bordetella (namely Bordetella bronchiseptica)
Clostridium (primarily Clostridium spiriforme)
It’s time the rabbit industry starts making noise about the absolute need for biosecurity, what exactly biosecurity is, and how every single rabbit owner or handler in the US can do their part!
I’m willing to start ringing my cowbell on this topic….are you?!
If you are, feel free to leave a comment but please…share this post far and wide first.
Over the next couple of days, I’ll be publishing co-authored posts from other rabbitry owners across the country who are willing to not only tell you what biosecurity looks like for their rabbitry, but SHOW you as well.
Are you in?!