Flystrike happens when a fly lays its eggs on a rabbit’s fur which hatch into maggots and burrow under the skin to feed on flesh.
Flystrike is a serious condition that can cause death. Contact your vet immediately for an emergency appointment if you suspect your rabbit has flystrike.
Flies prefer areas of wet, warm fur, which is why one of their favourite places to lay eggs is the base of a rabbit’s tail and around their bottom – especially if there has been a build-up of droppings or urine.
Flystrike needs treatment from a vet as quickly as possible – the sooner your rabbit is seen by a vet the better their chance of survival.