Flystrike in rabbits
Posted on 20th June 2017 at 20:45
During the summer months it is important to protect your rabbit from ‘Fly-strike’.
Fly-strike occurs when flies (green bottle) lay their eggs on susceptible animals.
Eggs hatch out into maggots which then feed on the animal causing nasty wounds around the bottom and genital area. The rabbit may just appear quiet and reluctant to move around.
We would recommend checking your pet daily. If maggots are found on your rabbit, this is an emergency and you should contact us immediately.
Without prompt treatment affected animals will die.
How is fly-strike treated
It is vital that all maggots are removed and the wounds thoroughly cleaned. In some cases your pet may need a general anaesthetic. The pain dehydration and infection can lead to shock. In most cases animals require pain relief, fluids and antibiotic treatment. In the most severe cases and if left untreated animals can die.
What can I do to prevent flystrike
Firstly, make sure your rabbit is clean. Hutches should be regularly cleaned out and bedding replaced daily. Secondly, regular checking of your of your rabbits bottom is important. We recommend that you check for signs of fly eggs at least once daily or twice daily ideally in warm weather. Fly eggs can hatch in less than 24hrs in optimal conditions. Ifany problems are noticed then it is vital to seek veterinary advice. Dirty bottoms can occur secondary to inappropriate diet, dental disease, diarrhoea, obesity and arthritis.
There are products available to prevent and treat fly strike. Please call to discuss your individual pets needs or to arrange an appointment for a health check.
At the surgery we are running Rabbit Awareness Week from 17th - 25th June 2017
During this week you can book your rabbit in for a free health check.
Please contact the surgery for further information on 01723 375947
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