I have a domestic rabbit that we have raised .. we have a large gated backyard.. he has since lived in the backyard for months, somewhat free.. we feed him daily. He has become hard to catch .. I bathed him and brought him in because my rooster and him have been fighting(both adult males now) Can my rabbit carry a disease? He only goes under the shed to sleep then out in the day to layout and eat.
There are a number of infectious diseases that domestic rabbits can get and carry if they are outdoors:
- Myxomatosis and viral hemorrhagic disease are fatal viral infections with available vaccines.
- E. Cuniculi is a common parasite that may cause serious harm but could also be sub-clinical, infecting areas that don't destroy significant tissue.
- Snuffles is a respiratoryinfection caused by Pasteurella multocida, a bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics but can become severely dangerous if left untreated
Of those listed, I believe only E. cuniculi is zoonotic (transmits between rabbits and humans).
Yes, the can also also get parasites if only outdoors for a short time, even on a snowy day, personally we treat with Revolution Flea & Tick to address most parasites. We also take them to the vet for annual well bunny checks.
Leaving a rabbit outside unsupervised has a lot of risk if Owls will attack small dogs then rabbits are also at risk.
Optimally the best place for your rabbit to live is in your bedroom