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Last Post by FrankieFlash at 6/20/2012 6:16 AM (12 Replies)
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User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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6/18/2012 4:10 PM

So I'm wondering if anyone knows if there are any airborne diseases that can be transferred to one bun to another?

I'm transferring the rabbit from the negligent home Thursday and I also have to take Bunjamin home too. I can put them in two different rows of my car but since this rabbit hasn't been seen from a vet I want to make sure I don't infect Bunjamin in any way.

 I'm hoping someone might know if there is any risk to this?


User is Offline Usagi5
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6/18/2012 6:57 PM
I'm so excited for you to finally be able to move this rabbit into a good foster home! I looked up diseases for rabbits that can be transfered through rabbits and the only one that I could find would be Myxomatosis. I don't know if there is any way for you to have the rabbit be checked at the vet before you travel back, but that couldn't hurt if you could, but if not I would just stick them in two different rows in the car.

User is Offline peppypoo
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6/18/2012 9:41 PM
I'm sure there are airborne diseases that can be transmitted from one rabbit to another, but I doubt that there would be a problem if you put Bunjamin and the other bunny in separate carriers in separate rows of the car. If you're worried, you can try finding large paper boxes to contain the carrier (without closing the top of course) too so there is another barrier between the other bunny and the rest of your car.
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User is Offline Roberta
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6/18/2012 11:19 PM

Myxomatosis and Calici virus are both carried by fleas and mosquitoes so that should not present a problem especially in different carriers.
However things such as Pasteurella, Mites and other viral or parasitic (like Coccidosis) infections are a concern.
Once again, in seperate carriers this should not be a problem also if the little one has been kept indoors away from wild rabbits it would reduce the chance of her carrying mites or parasites as she has been a single bunny. But seperate travel boxes to be sure and make sure you wash your hands when going from rabbit to rabbit.

 

OK Double checked, Myxie is contagious but as stated most commonly spread by fleas and mosquitos. It can be spread rabbit to rabbit if they are being kept together or if the handler does not wash there hands in between touching each rabbit.

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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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6/19/2012 12:31 AM
Haven't read any reports lately of myxo in the michigan area, so should be good on that. It isn't quite as common here as it is in Aussie land

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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6/19/2012 1:21 AM
You're right MB although it is prevalent in California and was thought to have through with rabbits from Mexico. Though it is present you would have to be extremely unlucky for your rabbit to come in contact with it in Michigan. I'd be more concerned about the Pasteurella or mites.
Myxo is such a cruel disease. The woman that decided it should be imported here should be infected with something nasty and left to die in the middle of the Gibson Desert.
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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6/19/2012 1:51 AM
Yeah, it sometimes gets worse here in oregon, and in washington too. More prevalent on the west coast than other parts of the country, definitely. Not sure why, but htats how it is

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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6/19/2012 5:03 AM
Thanks so much! I feel much better and my pocket will appreciate not needing two cars

User is Offline Malp_15
British Columbia, Canada
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6/19/2012 8:45 AM
Bordetella (the kennel cough virus) can also be transmitted via the air. It's super rare that rabbits have it though, so it shouldn't be too much of a worry my rabbit is just the exception haha

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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6/19/2012 7:36 PM
Congrats on moving this bunny! I agree-I think there is nothing to worry about
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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6/20/2012 4:02 AM
I like the idea of putting the carriers into boxes, in separate rows in the cars, for more barrier. You could also wear gloves handing the rescue bunny then remove them and wash up before touching Benjamin. Change your clothes before holding him, too. (He'll smell her, so he may not like you cheating on him. )

My best suggestion is to ask the new foster to get her examined by a vet immediately, and request the results after it is done, telling the vet that your bunny may be exposed to any ailments so you need to know if there was a risk during transport. If there was, you will take Bunjamin to your own vet immediately for treatment or preventative measures. If the new bunny comes up clean, probably no need to worry. (Though if B. is due for a check up or a nail trim, it wouldn't hurt to get a once over.)
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User is Offline Sarita
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6/20/2012 5:23 AM
I think the boxes would keep the air from properly circulating.

I really don't think you need to worry at all. I've had many many rabbits over the years living next to each other and they have never had an issue. Most of the diseases will require contact with the other infected rabbit not airborne.

Coccidia and pasturella are not airborne and would require direct contact. Myxo is spread through fleas and mosquitos.

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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6/20/2012 6:16 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice. Turns out its mute now. Bunjamin will be staying at my mom's (she loves it!- so does he ) for the weekend because now the foster has a rescue to help her with vet care and stuff but it means me driving around multiple bunnies tomorrow in between the house inspection and since bunjamin's not a fan of the car I'm going to spare him the trauma and let him stay on vacation with grandma All these things are still good to know though since I'll most likely be transporting multiple buns.
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