Tragic Loss of Rabbits - Possible RHD-2

by Sarah




We bought 2 six week old mini lops 5 months ago for my daughter's 9th birthday.

Ginger was poorly on Monday, and we got an emergency appointment at the vets, but she started fitting. I rushed her down there, but she literally died as I walked through the door.

The vet said it was probably a virus, possibly RHD-2, and they would be getting the vaccine in a month or so.

We kept a close eye on Snowy and he seemed fine, although he did look sad.

We found him dead in his bed yesterday morning. We are all devastated.

The vet never mentioned having an autopsy for either and they have now both gone for cremation.

I feel terrible that we don't actually know what killed them and if we could have prevented it.

I know this is a horrible story, but is there a procedure that our vet should have taken?

How do cases get reported if there is no requirement for an autopsy?

Should we have had Snowy put to sleep if it was inevitable that he would die as well?

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Oct 03, 2016
RHD2 is a silent killer
by: Kerry

Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss and this is just my opinion but, YES the vet should have done an autopsy. Sudden, unexplained death should be investigated.

Please read the article I wrote about RHDV2 and go back to your vet and get some more answers.

If there is a virus outbreak in your area then there are due diligence steps everyone needs to be aware of in order to limit the virus spreading further.

Again, I'm so sorry for your tragic loss, very sad passing of Ginger and Snowy.

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