Information About Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)
Updated August 3, 2020
What is RHDV?
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious disease that affects domestic (pet) rabbits as well as cottontails, snowshoe hares and jackrabbits.
The disease was confirmed in domestic and wild rabbits beginning in March 2020 in New Mexico. By July 31, the RHDV outbreak had spread to seven states in the southwest USA.
To see affected states and counties, visit the USDA interactive map.
For a comprehensive overview of RHDV, including tips for protecting your rabbit, visit the House Rabbit Society website. https://rabbit.org/rhdv/
Is Small Pet Select hay grown in the states where the RHDV outbreak occurred?
No. There have been no reported cases of RHDV2 in the areas where our hay is grown.
What steps are you taking to keep your hay as safe as possible?
According to the USDA reports we are following, the virus is estimated to live approximately 90 days in the environment only if conditions are ideal.
The hay we are currently selling is from the 2019 growing season.
The 2020 harvest of our premium Washington state hay has begun. In mid-July, we started to move this year’s first-cut timothy and orchard through our quality control processes.
We will store this hay securely at our warehouses for 90 days. After October 19, 2020, this hay will be available on our website and ready to ship to you.
What other steps are you taking?
We continue to work closely with rabbit health experts to get the latest updates on the current outbreak of RHDV. We will continue to share information with you.
For detailed information from the USDA, visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa-epidemiology-animalhealth-ceah/ri
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