Rabbit Health: Flystrike

‘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.

Remember Flystrike is an emergency, seek Veterinary attention immediately if you spot maggots on any animal.

By |2018-06-11T09:57:58+00:00June 11th, 2018|Rabbit Advice|

Crossways Veterinary Group offers 3 convenient locations within West Sussex.

Call your nearest branch today to arrange a consultation.



  • 01903 743040
  • 43 School Hill, Storrington,
    West Sussex, RH20 4NA

  • Weekdays: 8.30am - 6.30pm*
    Saturday: 9am to 12pm
  • *Some evenings open to 7.30pm


  • 01903 816428
  • 2 High Street, Steyning,
    West Sussex, BN44 3GG

  • Weekdays: 9am - 6.30pm
    Saturday: 8.30am to 12pm


  • 01903 877325
  • 179 Findon Road, Findon Valley,
    West Sussex, BN14 0EP

  • Weekdays: 9am - 6.30pm
    Saturday: 9am to 12pm