Friday, 23 March 2012

FAQ cont'd

The new vaccine is arriving in vet practices this week. The UK tests have been
completed and although we do not have the results as yet we will update everyone
when we do.
Q5)
I'm interested to know more about the new combined vaccine...and in particular
there's something in the data information which suggests that if a bunny has had
the other myxi vaccine in the past, the VHD element of the new vaccine might not
work. I‘d be interested to now why this is. What does this mean in practice?
Will the new vaccine therefore only be used for first time bunnies, or will it
be used in conjunction with one of the former VHD vaccinations? What advice have
vets been given about this?
A5)
The new combined vaccine has been tested in rabbits given the continental
Myxi vaccine, and there were borderline low protective titres to VHD. This is a
different vaccine to what is used in the UK against Myxi so there is now work
underway to see if the UK Myxi vaccine interferes to the same degree, though
they expect it not to be a problem. We expect results shortly.

EC
Q6)
Are Trigene and Vanodine safe for use with rabbits and would they kill
EC?

A6) Vanodine
is an iodine based product, which claims to kill other spore based
bacteria/fungi etc, and so I would imagine it to be effective after cleaning as
per our cleaning protocol:
Thoroughly
clean the area to remove any scale or residue.
Use
Ark-Klens , which is a benzalkonium chloride disinfectant and as such it should
be effective against EC and Myxi, to routinely disinfect the housing.
Periodically
use Virkon (as an inorganic peroxygen compound) to kill any other
viruses.Note: Other benzalkonium chloride disinfectants and inorganic
peroxygen compounds may be available, in addition to those named
above.
Trigene
is safe at the dilutions recommended, and should be as effective as above
(product is claimed effective against spores, bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria and
viruses) assuming the above cleaning procedure is followed
beforehand).

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