What is it a Flystrike?
Flystrike is a condition where flies are attracted to unclean animals and lay eggs in their fur. This can be mainly seen in several animals but usually in rabbits. Maggots that hatched from the fly’s eggs will start to infest the poor rabbit. In many cases, it can lead to death.
What are the symptoms?
You may notice such symptoms if your rabbit is having a flystrike condition:
- Become less active
- Lose of appetite
- Bad odours
If your rabbit is having a flystrike, you can remove the maggots and administer adequate pain relief. This will be a time consuming progress as you need to make sure all maggots are removed. In worst case scenario, a surgery might be needed to remove maggots underneath the skin. Always speak to your vet for more advice.
Check your rabbit every day especially the area around the rear end. Make sure the hutch is completely clean and free from faeces and urine. Always clean the enclosure too immediately after they poop or urine. This will make sure no flies are attracted to the uncleanliness.