Flystrike is a common, extremely distressing and often fatal disease which predominantly occurs in warm weather. It most commonly occurs when the rabbits rear end becomes soiled with faeces and/or urine. This attracts flies which lay eggs on damaged skin or on the soiled fur. These eggs then hatch into maggots that eat away at the tissues in the surrounding area and release toxins which makes the rabbit unwell.
You can prevent flystrike by:
- Keeping housing clean and dry
... - Feeding the correct high fibre diet to make sure they eat all of their caecotrophs
- Regular checks
- Removing any wet or soiled bedding every day
- Keeping rabbits active and healthy
- Using suitable insecticides and insect repellents
If you have any questions about this condition - please call any of our surgeries and one of our nurses will be able to help you.