Rabbits can, just like dog and cats, suffer from parasites.
Fly Strike is an unpleasant and distressing condition which occurs in the summer when flies lay their eggs, which turn into maggots, which feed on the rabbit, burrowing into their flesh. Prevention is better than cure - some rabbits can be successfully treated but Fly Strike is often fatal.
To prevent Fly Strike, take the following precautions:
- Check your rabbit each day, make sure their fur is clean, dry and not matted. If you see any sign of maggots, remove them using soap and warm water, thoroughly dry the affected area and contact us. A rabbit with diarrhoea or a dirty bottom is far more at risk.
- Change soiled bedding every day.
- Once a week, thoroughly clean and disinfect the hutch.
- If your rabbit is prone to a dirty bottom, you can administer a preventative treatment every 8 weeks.
Your rabbit can pick up fleas from wild rabbits or hedgehogs if they live outdoors. Also, your dog or cat can give them fleas. A monthly application of spot-on treatment will prevent any flea burden.
E. Cuniculi is an emerging disease in pet rabbits. It is a tiny single-celled organism called a protozoon which is potentially zoonotic (can spread to immunocompromised humans). It can cause neurological disease (head tilt, unsteadiness and weakness of the hind legs, neck spasm and urinary incontinence), kidney disease and eye disease.
Sadly, treatment is not always successful but treating your rabbit 2-4 times a year will help to prevent E. Cuniculi. Get in touch if you need more information.