In warm weather, it is important to be aware of the risk of fly strike in rabbits. This condition is severe and frequently fatal. Flies are attracted to dirty areas on the rabbit, such as around their back end if there is any faecal or urine soiling. The flies lay their eggs in these areas and as the larvae hatch, they feed on the rabbit, rapidly causing damage.
When flies are around, it is vital to check your rabbits twice daily, including around their back ends, to spot the first signs and to seek immediate veterinary attention if you have any concerns. Of course, it is much better to prevent fly strike in the first place. Regular cleaning of the enclosures is important, as is ensuring your rabbits are healthy and not overweight, so that they can keep themselves clean. There are also products available that can prevent fly strike, which can be discussed with one of our vets.