First things first; you need to either do a necropsy on that young one or
have one done. If you have already frozen or disposed of the body, the best
thing to do is to bleach the HECK out of her cage and area and then watch
everyone else like a hawk for at least five days to see if anyone else dies.
Do not visit any other places with rabbits or allow any visitors to your
barn whatsoever--not even your parents or best friend unless they bleach
their shoes and touch NOTHING, and don't have rabbits of their own.
It is not particularly unusual to see a new young rabbit die when brought
into a new situation with different feed, climate, and routines; I would not
recommend you panic at this point. :) :)
HOWEVER---if any other rabbits die within that five day period, IMMEDIATELY
submit the body to a good and competent veterinary pathology laboratory for
a full necropsy with particular attention given to the possibility of VHD.
Your state agriculture department is most likely to be able to help you find
such a laboratory that won't take an arm and a leg to do the trick. A local
vet's 'quick peek' is emphatically NOT recommended if you want a really
accurate answer as to cause of death--they just don't have the necessary
equipment to do the needed testing.
Pamela Alley, RVT
Director, Rabbit Industry Council
----- Original Message -----
From: Callyico <callyico@...>
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 10:12 AM
Subject: New member seeking advice
> I have just joined the list seeking info. I found a apparently healthy
> young french angora dead this morning. I just bought her from a breeder
> who was at the MD sheep and wool festival the first weekend in May. She
> showed no signs of illness last night and was her usual perky curious
> self. She was eating and playing as usual. She was approxiatmatly 10
> weeks old. I have her and another new baby seperate from the rest of my
> rabbits - all new cage, feeder and water bottle. So far all my others
> (11 rabbits) seem healthy. I live in NC and the new baby came from PA.
> What could have caused this death and what should I do?
> "A change of scene, a new interest, a creative undertaking --
> these are healing medicine for the troubled"
> Hertford NC