March 5, 2020
Pogo is a Mini Lop rabbit. Pogo’s owner had noticed she wasn’t eating that day and was low in energy compared to normal. On closer inspection they noticed some wounds around Pogo’s bottom. Pogo is an extremely loved pet so was taken straight to the vets.
Pogo was flat and dehydrated on presentation and was found to be fly blown. Pogo was given pain relief and warm fluids under the skin. Her hair was carefully clipped away and the wounds were cleaned with sterile saline and a gentle antiseptic solution. This helped clear away the eggs and larvae.
Pogo was prescribed antibiotics, pain relief and a topical cream to help heal the wounds. Much to our delight, she started eating on her own 48-hours after she was discharged from hospital and has recovered very well.
Fly strike occurs when flies lay their eggs in open wounds or in fur that is soiled with faeces and urine. The larvae that emerge from the hatched eggs will immediately start burrowing themselves through the skin. If left untreated the consequence is septicemia and shock, which can be fatal.
It is important to ensure excellent cage hygiene for rabbits, plus checking the rear end of your rabbit regularly for faecal/urinary soiling that may attract flies and cause fly strike. The larvae can do a great deal of damage in a short period of time, so we suggest checking them daily, especially during the summer months.