Rabbit fly strike

A particular problem facing all rabbit owners during the warmer summer and autumn months is the possibility of fly strike.

Rabbit rear ends often become damp and this moist area attracts flies which lay their eggs there. These eggs hatch into maggots which are capable of burrowing through the rabbit's skin and into the underlying flesh. This is a very painful and serious condition which frequently, very sadly, results in death.

Throughout the summer months, rabbits should be turned upside down and inspected daily for fly eggs and maggots. Soiled bedding should also be removed on a daily basis to minimise flies being attracted to the hutch.

If you are in any doubt - please contact us at once.

A product called Rearguard is available to prevent fly strike. A single application lasts for 10 weeks. Please ask us if you would like further details.