‘Flystrike’ or Myiasis is when a fly lays their eggs on an animal and the eggs hatch into maggots which then eat the animals flesh and left untreated will lead to death in a relatively short amount of time.
Flystrike is commonly seen in rabbits particularly in hot weather. Prevention is far better than cure;
- Check your rabbit at least once a day for signs of flystrike
- Keep your rabbits bedding as clean as possible
- Make sure their rear end isn’t soiled, we recommend clipping the area in long haired bunnies (our Nurses offer this service as a clinic).
- Rabbits suffering from Obesity or Arthritis may be unable to clean themselves properly, see a Vet for treatment and clean them daily.