aka Rabbit Syphilis
How is it contracted?
It is highly contagious STD and can be spread either by direct contact, during breeding or passed
to offsprings through kindling.
What is the most effective treatment?
Vent disease can be effectively treated using Pen BP-48 which is a combination of Procaine
Penicillin G and Penicillin G Benzathine (long acting penicillin). This injectible form of Penicillin
can be found Fleet Farm.
Dosage is 1/10 cc per lb. Treatment should be give once a week for 3 weeks. 1st dosage
should be the stongest dose to knock-it-hard! So a double dosage could/should be given the 1st
time. Make sure to give a pro-biotic during those 3 wks of treatment. Probias can be found at
Fleet Farm as well. It is also recommended to be treated topically with cow mastitis antibiotic
called "Go Dry" which can also be found at Fleet Farm. Go Dry should be topically applied twice
daily for 7 days or until scabs are healed.
(Treatment methods may vary! I reccomend reading the links posted above as well before you
begin treatment and/or consult a vet)
What to do when you first find your rabbit has contracted it?
Any rabbit showing signs of vent disease should be removed from your breeding program until
they have been properly medicated.
How do you sanitize your cages/equiptment?
Clean everything that has come in contact with the infected animals as thoroughly as possibly. I
use Vanodine for everything. You can also torch cage floors and they rinse. Also scrub with a
diluted bleach solution they rinse again. It is best to use a good cleaning method for all cages and
supplies as well to disinfect.
What can you do to prevent it?
Quarantining the rabbit from the herd is a good practice. Also after treatment has ceased don't
put that rabbit back into your breeding program for at least 2 months. It is better to keep the
previously infected rabbit in quarantine incase the problem comes back. Make sure the problem
is completely gone before re-introducing them back into your herd and unknowingly spreading it
What does vent disease look like?
Better photos coming soon........