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Summer Dangers – Flystrike in rabbits

Don’t forget to check your rabbits bottoms at least twice daily and make sure their housing areas are cleaned regularly, particularly during the very hot weather! During these warmer months, it is really important to protect our bunnies against Flystrike. Flystrike is a condition where flies lay eggs on rabbits and these hatch out into maggots. It can be fatal but it is preventable.

We recommend using an insecticide spray like F10. Our great tutorial by one our lovely nurses, Tabitha, shows you how to do this. Please note that F10 is toxic to cats so do not apply to cats or where there is interaction between cats and bunnies‼️

If you have any concerns regarding your rabbits and Flystrike, then please call the surgery on 01908 397777

Let’s keep our furry friends safe

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Flystrike in Rabbits – How it can be prevented

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
June is our Rabbit Awareness Month at Milton Keynes Veterinary Group.

During warmer months, pet rabbits may be affected by maggot infestation. Different terms are used for this but fly strike is the most common. Healthy rabbits are generally not affected by fly strike.

There are three main problems that lead to the condition: First, a wound to which the flies are attracted and on which they lay their eggs is an obvious site where maggots can cause damage. More commonly, a rabbit that cannot take and eat its soft faeces caecotrophs (either due to arthritis or obesity) will quickly have matted and soiled fur around its anus. This, from the fly’s point of view, is an ideal opportunity to lay eggs. When the maggots hatch they spread from the area (commonly up the abdomen) and may cause a tremendous amount of damage as they eat through the tissues while the rabbit is still living. Thirdly, damp bedding is an ideal environment for egg-laying and maggot growth and development; these may then migrate onto the rabbit. This is a fatal condition if not treated.

The key factors in preventing fly strike are to ensure that bedding is clean and dry, and that daily cleaning of toilet areas is carried out; the whole accommodation should be completely emptied and disinfected 1-2 times weekly. Checks of your rabbit should be carried out twice daily, if you find any wounds or ulcerated areas of skin then please seek veterinary attention. A rabbit owner should also make sure that their rabbit is able to keep it bottom clean, if the rabbit keeps soiling itself, then there is usually a health reason as to why e.g. obesity or arthritis. If a rabbit is unable to keep itself clean, then please seek veterinary advice.

Rabbits can also be treated with a preventative flystrike product during the higher risk months of the year where the temperature is higher. Click here to watch our video on applying this preventative product.

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Lungworm – How to prevent this parasite

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
In recent weeks, we have diagnosed a dog with lungworm who sadly passed away as a result of the damage this parasite can cause. Lungworm otherwise known as Angiostrongylus Vasorum in dogs is a parasite that resides in the heart and pulmonary arteries and can therefore be fatal. Lungworm is increasing in the UK however is still less common than other parasites such as fleas, ticks, roundworms and tapeworms.

Dogs can become infected by this parasite through ingestion of an infected slug or snail. When your dog if off the lead or roaming the garden you may not necessary see your dog ingest any slugs or snails, as they may do it accidentally when eating grass or drinking from outdoor water bowls.

Symptoms of this parasite can vary between cases, however the most common symptoms may include; coughing, lethargy, weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, excess bleeding from minor wounds or seizures. Diagnosis of this parasite can be determined through either a faecal test or blood test.

Prevention is key with lungworm and can be prevented through monthly prescription only worming treatment, contact us if you have any concerns via email at questions@mkvetgroup.co.uk or wish to order your pet’s preventative treatment visit www.mkvetgroup.co.uk/repeat-prescriptions/. Our Healthy Pet Care plans include covers against this parasite as well as many other parasites and diseases through a simple monthly direct debit.

It is also important to clean up after your dog has passed faeces as this helps to prevent the spread of the parasite. Picking up toys that have been left outside, and outdoor food and water bowls helps to minimise exposure to slugs and snails.
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