There are now tickets available at our Glanmire Hospital and Cobh clinic for ‘Keep the woof in your dog and your cat purring’…a talk on caring for your pet’s health at all life stages puppy/kitten to old age, featuring ‘Pete the Vet Wedderburn’ and Lisa O Donovan, ISPCA , in Silversprings Hotel ,thur 30th January at 7.30pm. Tickets €5 with ALL proceeds going to local animal rescue charities.
See our facebook page for competition to win tickets
Fly strike in domestic rabbits is a common problem throughout the summer months. Fly strike (Myiasis) is predominantly caused by the green bottle fly and related fly species which lay eggs on living rabbits. The green bottle flies are attracted to damp fur, urine, faeces or the odour of rabbit scent glands. They lay their eggs on or around the rabbit’s rear end where they hatch within hours into maggots that eat into the rabbit’s flesh and releasing toxins in the process. If you find maggots on or around your rabbit’s bum immediate veterinary attention is required – the situation is and should be treated as an emergency. Rabbits that have fly strike will also often need antibiotics to prevent infection. Anti-inflammatory and pain killing drugs are sometimes also administered.
Fly strike is a distressing and potentially fatal condition which can be prevented by a few simple measures.
Remove all soiled bedding daily
Ensure that your rabbit is not being overfed, as this can result in diarrhoea, leading to a dirty bum
Feed greens and fruit in moderation, as some rabbits can not tolerate an over-abundance of green food again leading to diarrhoea and a dirty bum . For the same reason, take care when putting your rabbit out on the lawn in the summer, not to allow too much access to fresh grass
Check your rabbit twice daily to ensure that it is clean and dry. This includes house rabbits, who can also be at risk
Disinfect hutches every week.
Keep the rabbit dry and use a cleanser to remove faeces.