Fly Strike

Unfortunately every summer we see several cases of fly strike. Call us any time if you have any concerns or questions regarding any aspects of your rabbit’s health or how to care for them.

  • Unfortunately every summer we see several cases of fly strike. This extremely unpleasant condition occurs when a rabbit gets a dirty bottom, usually as a result of poor diet, or due to being debilitated or overweight and unable to eat the soft poos (caecotrphs) that rabbits normally produce during the first stage of digestion.
  • It is normal for rabbits to eat these and re-digest the material, making sure they get all the nutrients they can from their food.
  • If rabbits get a dirty rear end this attracts flies who lay their eggs in the dirty matted fur. The eggs hatch into maggots which grow and survive by feeding on the rabbit. The rabbit is then literally eaten alive by maggots. It can be fatal if not caught early.

This highly distressing condition can be avoided by:

  • Checking your rabbits rear end at least once, ideally twice a day, especially in summer.
  • Not feeding too much rabbit mix, hay should be the vast majority of the diet. Ensuring that your rabbits cage is kept very clean and dry.
  • Contacting your vet if your rabbit develops diarrhoea or a dirty rear end.
  • Applying ‘Rear-guard’ to your rabbit during the summer months, ask your vet about this product that stops the maggots developing.
  • Using fly strips around the cage.

Call us any time if you have any concerns or questions regarding any aspects of your rabbit’s health or how to care for them.