BunnyVac: Two Years Later

BunnyVacLabelHi, friends.


At least once a month I get a message from someone who wants to know our experience with BunnyVac. I don’t blame them, whenever BunnyVac is mentioned on a facebook group there is a violent debate about those who are completely pro-vac and others who consider BunnyVac a horrible hoax at best and blatant subterfuge at worst.


We use BunnyVac. We’ve never had an outbreak of snuffles in our rabbitry and I feel confident that the rabbits we’ve sold have had healthy lives and done well for their new owners.

We are not pro-vaccination. In fact, we don’t vaccinate for anything else. We do our best to raise rabbits that are low maintenance and don’t require anything except humane treatment. We add Apple Cider Vinegar to their water daily, worm with grapefruit seed extract once every 4-6 months. When we have a mama with a brand new litter she gets a little calf manna as a treat. We’ve seen nestbox eye occasionally and treat it with vetricyn; every once in awhile we use Nutri-Drops as a supplement. That’s it. You now know our whole medicine chest for rabbits!


Because of our philosophy we don’t feel much angst about using BunnyVac, despite those people who are passionately speaking out against its use. BunnyVac is an insurance policy in our mind, a way to protect our investment in livestock.


At the beginning we vaccinated everything in our barn. Now, we only vaccinate a rabbit that goes out of our barn to a show. I believe it works – we haven’t seen any pastuerella here (knock on wood!) and I am aware that one of my rabbits who went to a large cooped show was definitely exposed to something, as the rabbit in the coop next to it was sneezing/snotting. Once that rabbit came home we kept it in quarantine for almost four months before putting it back in the main rabbitry. To date we still have seen no signs of any sickness.

We’ve written a few blog posts on BunnyVac over the years if you’d like to learn more about our personal experiences with it and more in-depth reasoning:

Snuffles, the Rabbit Boogie Man
Bunny Vac:
Bunny Vac: The 8 Month Follow Up


We’re always happy to answer any questions about this product, but honestly all of our answers are in these links! We’re almost two years into using it and have had good results. Just that simple!


4 thoughts on “BunnyVac: Two Years Later

  1. robinjamesgrant April 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply

    how much of apple cider vinegar do you use in the drinking water


    • madhatrabbits April 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm Reply

      We use about a tablespoon of ACV per gallon of water. 🙂


  2. Megan September 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm Reply

    How long does one shot last?


    • madhatrabbits September 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm Reply

      It’s recommended to do one shot, then a booster 30 days after that. After that, once a year.


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